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Monday, March 4, 2024

Truck driver caught more than six times over alcohol limit

Queensland Police have charged a Mango Hill man after he was caught allegedly driving a prime mover truck at Coomera yesterday while more than six times over the legal alcohol limit.

“It will be alleged around 10am yesterday morning, the 44-year-old man was driving a prime mover truck on Dreamworld Parkway,” Queensland Police said in a statement today.

A short time later, officers say they located the driver on the side of the road, with an empty bottle of liquor beside him and the vehicle still running.

Police allege he refused to comply with police direction to submit for a roadside breath test and attempted to flee back into his vehicle.

The man was arrested at the scene and taken to Southport Watchhouse, where he allegedly provided a specimen of breath indicating 0.311 blood alcohol content.

The man was charged with one count each of in charge of a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and obstruct police and is due to appear before Southport Magistrates Court on January 10.

His licence was immediately suspended.

Sergeant Neville Stretton from Coomera station said drink driving was a contributing factor in more than 20% of road fatalities in Queensland.

“Too many people are killed and seriously injured each year on Queensland roads as a result of drink driving,” he said.

“It’s disappointing that we are still seeing drivers get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

“Drinking alcohol reduces your ability to drive safely. It affects your judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes, which increases your risk of having a crash.

“Making that decision to drink drive can also have catastrophic consequences for other road users and their families.”

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