CQ businessman has .189 BAC while driving through town
A Clermont driver, who had been “drinking heavily” since a relationship break down, was caught drink driving while close to four times the legal limit.
Bryan John Jacobsen, 24, pleaded guilty at Emerald Magistrates Court on April 20 to driving under the influence of liquor.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said Jacobson was pulled over on Herschel Street about 2.20am on February 20.
He returned a positive roadside breath test and later recorded a blood-alcohol content reading of .189, more than three times the legal alcohol limit. His licence was immediately suspended.
Lawyer Sam Foster, who appeared via phone, said his client had been drinking heavily since a long term romantic relationship broke down in December, 2020.
He said Jacobsen was aware his actions put the community at risk and was embarrassed by his decision to drink and drive, but had since enrolled in a Queensland traffic offenders program.
Magistrate Robert Walker said the concerning reading raised significant safety issues for Jacobsen and other road users or pedestrians in the vicinity at the time, although he commended Jacobsen for abstaining from alcohol since the offence.
The court heard Jacobsen’s employment as a self-employed painter would be put in jeopardy from a further disqualification period, due to the requirement to travel to regional towns and properties.
Jacobsen was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for nine months. The conviction was recorded.
Originally published as CQ businessman has .189 BAC while driving through town