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Driver blows .292%

A NORTH Bundaberg man who blew almost six times the legal blood-alcohol limit was lucky to be alive after he crashed his car on the Bundaberg Golf Course last month.

Lindsay Colin Mackinnon, 32, ended up between a tree and a sandbox on the 18th hole on March 25 when he got behind the wheel of his Holden Commodore with a blood-alcohol level of .292%.

Police rushed to his aid after the crash about 10pm, but they were met by an abusive and unco-operative Mackinnon who refused to get out of the vehicle and put up a struggle when officers tried to arrest him.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Mackinnon told officers he had drunk eight stubbies of beer and "just wanted to go for a drive".

"I would suggest he had more to drink than he's telling himself or this court," Sgt Stevens said.

The prosecutor said Mackinnon was no stranger to drink-driving convictions, blowing .159% in 2010 and .195% in 2008.

"The facts speak for themselves - he's very lucky he didn't kill himself or other persons," Sgt Stevens said.

Mackinnon faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday and was the second person to be jailed this week for drink-driving, after David Allan Brown, 46, of Avenell Heights, was jailed for four months on Wednesday for driving with a blood-alcohol level of .166%.

Lawyer Mary Buchanan said the defendant knew he had done the wrong thing. "He accepts the stupidity of his actions," she said.

"He's aware he must have been a danger to other road users."

Ms Buchanan said Mackinnon was a father of four and was in the middle of a divorce.

"I think it's pretty safe to make a submission today that he's hit rock bottom," she said.

"He has a short but poor traffic history."

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Mackinnon to three months jail, with parole on May 16.

The boilermaker's remorse was obvious when he began to cry during his sentence and when he hugged his family goodbye.

"Hopefully you will be able to pick yourself up from here," Ms Batts said.

Topics:  alcohol, bundaberg golf club, drink driving




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