Four times over the legal limit



KEVIN William Hawkes must have the bloody idiot slogan stamped on his forehead.

He drove to buy cigarettes after a 10-hour session drinking Fourex Gold cans at his Rockhampton home.

He cracked his first tinny at 4am on February 27, and his .231 reading was more than four times the legal limit.

Yesterday the 57-year-old felt the wrath of the law after pleading guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

"This is a huge reading, it's lucky nobody was killed,'' Magistrate Bronwyn Springer said.

Police alleged they were called about a man trying to enter a black Mazda sedan outside The Top Shop, North Street, Rockhampton.

The caller thought the driver was intoxicated.

A subsequent search failed to locate the vehicle.

Police attended a Western Street address after receiving information.

Hawkes answered the door, was unsteady on his feet, and spoke with slurred speech.

Police saw numerous beer cans around the house and Hawkes admitted to driving to the shop just before they arrived.

Hawkes was yesterday convicted and fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 21/2 years.

He was also placed on 18 months' probation with a condition he pay $500 to complete a drink-driving program.

Magistrate Springer came down hard on Hawkes, who had one previous drink-driving conviction (.136) in the past five years.

She described his actions as "extremely disturbing''.

Magsitrate Springer hoped the drink-driving program would address Hawkes' alcohol problems.



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