'Mortified': Drunk tradie nearly hits police at RBT site
A GLADSTONE tradesman's drink driving reading almost sent him to jail after he was caught behind the wheel nearly five times the legal limit.
Daryl John Moye pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to one count of driving under the influence of liquor.
The steel fixer was driving along Boyne Island Rd on October 6 when he approached a static random breath test site.
The 56-year-old was signalled by high-vis wearing officers to pull over. But Moye was driving in the middle of the road and failed to stop.
The court heard one of the officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.
When Moye's car came to stop 30m from the site, officers saw "clear signs" of intoxication.
He returned a blood alcohol reading of .220% - more than four times the legal limit.
Defence lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said her client worked a job subject to regular drug and alcohol testing and therefore only drunk once a week, on a Saturday.
She said on this occasion Moye and his partner were "enjoying themselves" but went "too far".
She said after too much alcohol the pair began to argue and to avoid an escalation, Moye left in his car.
Ms Ditchfield said her client only meant to drive down the road to buy cigarettes from the nearby service station.
She said his "extremely foolish" decision was the result of being "highly impaired".
"He was, in one sense, trying to do the right thing," she said.
"He was also mortified at the reading."
The court heard Moye was charged with high range drink driving in 2014 with a reading of .194%.
Police prosecutor Balan Selvadurai said the man had several previous drink driving charges prior to 2014.
Magistrate Dennis Kinsella said he was on the fence as to whether Moye should spend actual time behind bars.
He noted the mandatory licence disqualification would have a significant impact on Moye's ability to work.
"It was an irresponsible act," he said.
"You put yourself and everyone else on the road, and the police in jeopardy.
"This is why the law exists."
Mr Kinsella sentence Moye to serve nine months in jail, with immediate parole release.
His licence was disqualified for 14 months and a conviction was recorded.