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Driver was too drunk for court

A 31-YEAR-OLD man who blew six times over the legal limit has been remanded in custody over the weekend, after a magistrate decided the man was too intoxicated to understand the charges he was facing.

Jarrod Pearce was arrested yesterday morning following reports from concerned members of the public about his erratic driving.

Officers intercepted the Warana man on the Bruce Highway at Colosseum, south of Miriam Vale.

He allegedly returned the 0.329 reading — over six times the limit — just after 9.30am.

Pearce is facing four charges including driving under the influence, dangerous driving, unlicensed driving and possession of a dangerous drug.

Magistrate Damian Carroll asked the defendant, who appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon, if he understood the charges, to which the man replied “no”.

After ascertaining the defendant's blood-alcohol reading would still be about 0.200 and he would be still heavily intoxicated, Mr Carroll had little choice but to keep him in police custody over the weekend.

“I'm not going to take a plea from you today,” Mr Carroll told him.

“You'll come to your senses by Monday.”

Pearce was asked if he wanted to take legal advice, but declined the offer.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mick O'Rourke said police would strongly oppose bail if an application was made.

“I'm quite happy with that,” Pearce quipped from the dock.

Pearce was remanded in custody to reappear on Monday.



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