Banned driver on a mercy dash blows .263 after XXXX binge
HE WAS banned from driving 22 years ago, but that hasn't stopped Darrell John Sigvart from getting behind the wheel.
Today, he was handed a prison sentence in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court for his latest traffic offences which included driving while more than five times the legal alcohol limit.
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving under the influence of liquor or a drug, after police pulled him over in Mount Morgan on March 27.
Police prosecutor Julie Marsden said officers saw Sigvart "driving erratically" on Hall St about 12.30am.
When he was pulled over, Sigvart told police he didn't know how many XXXX beers he had consumed, but he had decided to drive after receiving a call from his hospitalised brother.
Ms Marsden said Sigvart later recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.263.
Defence solicitor Alan Grant said Sigvart had walked home after spending the day drinking at a Mount Morgan hotel.
He said Sigvart's brother, who was in hospital with a "failing heart", called when he arrived home.
The court heard Sigvart's brother had technically died after a heart attack a few months before, but had been revived.
Mr Grant said when his brother called to say he wasn't feeling well, Sigvart felt he had to get to the hospital.
"(Sigvart) was very affected by liquor at the time he got the call," Mr Grant said.
Mr Grant said it had been 13 years since Sigvart had appeared before court on a driving matter and asked the penalty be reduced to take this into account.
However, Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll said Sigvart was "clearly a threat to himself" and other drivers.
Mr O'Driscoll pointed out Sigvart had driven on several occasions after his 1994 absolute disqualification.
He said the fact Sigvart drove at all was bad enough, but doing it while over five times the legal alcohol limit made him a threat to everyone.
"You are not welcome on our roads," he told Sigvart.
"You know you shouldn't be on the road."
For driving under the influence, Sigvart was convicted and sentenced to probation for two years.
He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for driving while disqualified, released on immediate parole.
On both counts he was disqualified from driving for two years.