Once not enough for this motorist



A MINER on his way to work at a Central Queensland mine was caught drink-driving twice in the space of a few hours on Sunday.

Middlemount police intercepted the 41-year-old miner about 2.05pm when they clocked his Toyota Hilux at 120km/h in a 100km zone.

The man claimed he hadn't had a drink since midnight but officers noticed an esky of beer on his passenger seat and transported him to the Middlemount police station.

A breathalyser test revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .141.

The man was released and instructed not to drive but police soon noticed his vehicle was missing and contacted Capella police, who intercepted him.

A second breathalyser test revealed a BAC of .139.

The incident came just hours after a Rockhampton man nearly six times over the legal driving limit crashed his Mazda truck on Rockhampton-Emu Park Road.

He told police he was on his way fishing after drinking at home but could not say how much he had consumed. A breathalyser test recorded his BAC at .288.

But Central Region Traffic coordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said most motorists had behaved over the Easter weekend.

He said 174 speedsters and 14 drink drivers had been booked in Rockhampton over the Easter long weekend.

"Most people were fairly well behaved?.?.?.?I think people have been taking on board the shocking Christmas period we have had,'' he said.



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