Drunk driver finds new home in jail

A MAN who travelled from Victoria to the Sunshine State last month has found a new home – the Maryborough Correctional Centre – after being caught driving disqualified and under the influence of liquor.

Derek Leigh Crowe was sentenced to 12 months in jail when he pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

He will spend four months in prison before being released on parole on June 1.

The 34-year-old was taken into custody on January 20 when he was pulled over by Howard police on the Bruce Highway at Torbanlea.

Crowe was taken to Maryborough police station where a test showed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said Crowe had an extensive traffic history in several states, had 10 previous disqualified driving convictions and was already on a suspended jail term for similar offences.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie told the court Crowe was driving to Qld to help his new partner escape from her life of drug problems in Victoria.

Ms McGarvie asked the magistrate to consider immediate parole but Magistrate John Smith said he had no choice but to impose a term in prison.

Crowe was sentenced to 12 months jail and disqualified from driving for six years.



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