Repeat drink driver caught on the job

By MIKARLA THURECHT

FORMER furniture removalist David Barry Delaney was granted "one more chance'' in the Rockhampton Magis- trates Court yesterday after blowing more than four times the legal limit while driving at work.

Delaney, 49, of Clanfield Street, North Rockhampton, had been drinking when he caught the bus to work, unaware he would soon have to drive, on May 14.

He had previously been disqualified from driving.

Solicitor Alan Grant said Delaney, a single father of two, had been drinking and had gone to bed for a few hours before waking for work in Yeppoon.

Mr Grant said Delaney had realised he might be under the influence but had expected to be doing laboring work.

When another removalist driver did not show, he felt compelled to drive.

"He decided he needed to get the job done for his em- ployer, even though he was disqualified,'' Mr Grant said.

"It's not an excuse, but it's part of the reason.''Delaney blew 0.221%, over four times the legal limit.

Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow told Delaney he clearly had a drinking problem, coming before courts on three previous occasions from 2002 for drink driving.

Delaney received a three-month suspended jail sentence and was disqualified from driving for three years.



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