The man drove erratically through the centre of town, nearly colliding with a number of other motorists.
The man drove erratically through the centre of town, nearly colliding with a number of other motorists. Sarah Harvey

Blood alcohol limit of .237 fuels wild ride through town

IT was only after driving down the middle of the road, over two roundabouts, destroying one street sign and backing into another vehicle that Michael Kenneth O'Connor realised he was going in the wrong direction.

The 54-year-old Gympie man had been drinking steadily on the morning of April 15 last year, consuming at least three sizable nips of rum before getting in his car and driving erratically down Duke St.

When stopped, questioned and breath tested by Gympie Police, his reading was .237.

"It's amazing you had what little control of the vehicle you did," Magistrate M Baldwin told O'Connor in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

Pleading guilty to charges of dangerous driving while under the influence, as well as failing to appear for an earlier court date.

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O'Connor conceded severe illness and alcoholism had led him astray.

"I've basically lost the plot, I'm never going to drive again," he said with tears rolling down his face.

He was sentenced to 12 months jail, suspended for two-and-a-half years, and 12 months probation.

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