Drunk driver says 'I'm sorry'



A ROCKHAMPTON labourer who blew almost four times the legal limit after crashing his car into a power pole was yesterday disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Kevin Roy Looby pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to drink driving and subsequently failing to appear.

He was convicted and fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kay Schick said Looby had crashed his car on Murray Street, Rockhampton, about 1pm on July 28.

Police had been called to the accident, but when they arrived it appeared Looby had fled on foot.

Senior Constable Schick said police had found Looby sleeping about 300m away from the scene of the crash.

She said Looby blew 0.198%.

Senior Constable Schick said Looby had signed a bail undertaking after the accident to appear in court in August.

When he failed to appear a warrant was issued and he was picked up at the weekend.

Defence solicitor Brian McGowran said Looby claimed he was unaware of the court date, having been concussed at the time of signing the undertaking.

Mr McGowran said Looby knew what he had done was wrong and was sorry.

"I wrote down what he (Looby) told me because it sounded so honest.

"He (Looby) said he was happy to accept what I (he) got because I (he) know it was wrong,'' Mr McGowran said.

Mr McGowran said Looby had been staying with his brother and had only driven because tensions had escalated between Looby and his brother's partner.

Looby had also reconciled with his de facto partner and worried the two days he spent at the Rockhampton Watchhouse may affect their relationship.

"He (Looby) is going to plead to her (his defacto) not to hold the last two nights against him.''

Magistrate Annette Hennessy said she had taken the time Looby had spent in custody into account.



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