Repeat drink-driver jailed

A REPEAT offender caught six times over the legal alcohol limit driving along the Bruce Highway south of Miriam Vale has been sentenced to 18 months' jail and will be off the road for five years.

In handing down the sentence Magistrate Damian Carroll told the offender Jarrod Pearce, 31, of Warana, he was unimpressed by his responses to the charges.

Mr Pearce pleaded guilty to charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving, drink-driving and possession of a dangerous drug.

At the time of Friday's offence, he had an outstanding offence from September 13.

“You have a terrible driving history,” the magistrate said.

Mr Carroll told the court of Mr Pearce's three previous convictions for disqualified driving (2005, 2004, 2002), two convictions of unlicensed driving, four convictions of unlawful use of a motor vehicle (2001, two in 1999 and 1998), a conviction in 2008 of driving without due care and attention and a range of drug convictions, totalling 13.

“The only thing in your favour was it did not rank a police pursuit,” he said.

Police intercepted Mr Pearce on the Bruce Highway at Colosseum, south of Miriam Vale, about 8.15am on Friday after receiving calls from the public from 7.40am.

The court heard witnesses telephoned police in relation to the white Mitsubishi being driven all over the road, on the wrong side of the road at blind spots and at excessive speed.

“That was the first Friday of the school holidays,” Mr Carroll said.

“There was a lot of traffic on the road.”

Police alleged Mr Pearce had driven 40km between the time of the first report from the public and apprehension, had extremely blood shot eyes, told them he was driving from Gympie to Caloundra and recorded breath alcohol concentration of 0.329.

Police found cannabis in Mr Pearce's vehicle.

“You were clearly disorientated,” Mr Carroll said.

He also said he had consumed two litres of wine, starting at sunrise that morning, and was drinking while driving.

Mr Pearce was sentenced to 18 months' jail and a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years for disqualified driving.



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