Man measures five times the limit

A MAN blew a blood-alcohol level nearly five times the legal limit after he had smashed his car, Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

Derek Glen Gadd, 38, of no fixed address, crashed his car in a single-vehicle smash at the corner of Bourbong and Takalvan streets about 12.30am on October 23.

The court was told the vehicle was written off and Gadd suffered serious injuries.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said the man was taken to Bundaberg Hospital, where a blood sample was taken.

His blood alcohol level measured 0.245%.

Sgt Shapcott said Gadd had never held a Queensland driver’s licence and he disappeared after being discharged from hospital.

“On January 1 police located the defendant at an address in Wondai,” she said.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said Gadd had a long history of mental health issues and had a problem with alcohol.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts warned Gadd he must not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

She convicted him of the unlicensed and drink-driving offences and fined him $780.

The magistrate also disqualified Gadd from driving for 15 months.



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