Four alleged drink drivers caught

BUNDABERG and Childers police are fuming after four alleged drink drivers were detected overnight — including one who narrowly cheated death after colliding with a semi-trailer.

About 4.30am, an alleged drink-driver swerved into the path of a truck on the Bruce Highway, which t-boned his station wagon and sent it veering down an embankment.

“It rolled once and came to a stop,” Childers Police Senior Constable Frank Lawler said.

The 20-year-old man and his female passenger were unhurt, but he was taken to Childers Police station and charged with driving without due care and attention, and drink-driving.

“We have only just had a fatal accident in Childers where an 18-year-old lost his life — this accident could just as easily been fatal,” Snr Const Lawler said.

“We do our best to educate kids but the message just isn’t getting through that you have to follow the road rules.

“Emergency services and families are left to clean up the mess after these accidents — these kids need to be accountable.”

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Grant Marcus said police also caught a 43-year-old man on Princess Street in Bundaberg East about 7.30pm on Thursday, who was breath-tested and allegedly found to be driving with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.067%.

About 11pm, a 53-year-old man from Deception Bay was charged after refusing to give a breath sample, and allegedly driving unlicensed.

And about 12.30am yesterday, a 21-year-old Bundaberg man was charged after he allegedly drove with an alcohol reading of 0.113% — one and a half times over the limit.

Sgt Marcus said the incidents showed a frightening pattern.

“People are playing Russian roulette with their lives, and other people’s lives,” Sgt Marcus said.

“There have been a number of serious accidents in Bundaberg and the surrounding areas recently but people are still drink-driving — it’s by the grace of God that more people have not been seriously injured or killed. The public should be irate with people who are putting lives at risk.”

The drivers will all appear in court at a later date.

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