Aussie's can't handle their booze

A DRIVER who blew five times the legal limit was just one of the booze-fuelled incidents Hervey Bay police had to deal with on Australia Day.

The 47-year-old woman’s erratic driving led to her Toyota Corolla being stopped at Pialba about 11.10pm.

She was picked up by the Tactical Crime Squad on the corner of Dover Street and Beach Road and returned a reading of .208.

Four more drink-drivers were caught that night, including a P-plater who returned a reading of .073.

The 19-year-old man was stopped on Bideford Street, Torquay, just before 6pm.

A 20-year-old man was also charged with drink-driving following a breath test reading of .147.

He was caught on the corner of the Esplanade and Taylor Street about 7pm.

Four people were also caught driving unlicensed.

As the heat bore down and more alcohol was consumed, police were also called to a number of fights in the Bay throughout the day.

Several times in the afternoon, police attended the Torquay beachfront where a number of young people were seen brawling.

The reports that came in to police said up to 20 teens were fighting in parkland but when police attended the crowd had dispersed.

When police again attended the scene, about 5pm, they arrested a 14-year-old for public nuisance.

A man was also arrested for disorderly behaviour on the corner of Denmans Camp Road and Torquay Road about 10.30pm.

He was charged with public nuisance.

Earlier in the night, police were called to the Esplanade at Torquay following reports that five to six people were fighting outside Hoolihans restaurant in front of many spectators.

Hoolihans was again the focus of police attention about 11.40pm when two drunk patrons refused to leave the premises and began threatening staff and punching into the wooden bar.



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