Drinker ends up in a ditch

A MAN who crashed his car into a tree while drink-driving had his licence disqualified for 15 months yesterday.

Travis Joseph Nissen, 21, of Gladstone, was involved in a single vehicle crash on May 7 on Wreck Rock Road.

In the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday, police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Nissen attempted a U-turn at about 70kmh which caused him to do a 180-degree turn hit a tree and end up bogged in a drain.

Police noted the defendant had bloodshot eyes and he had a blood alcohol reading of .130.

He first told police the smash happened after he hit a pot hole, he then said it was because a wallaby had jumped in front of him and finally admitted he had been driving dangerously.

Sgt Stevens said Nissen and his passenger were lucky to escape unscathed.

He said the driver had one prior drink-driving offence last year.

Nissen pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving under the influence.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring noted Nissen's recent drink-driving conviction and said it meant the man would lose his licence for “quite a long time”.

The defendant was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for 15 months with 15 days imprisonment if he failed to pay the fines which were sent to SPER.



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