Dalby man had 1/2 bottle of rum before driving 147km/hr
DRUNK off half a bottle of rum and with no excuse to drive, Jack Andrew Dukes got behind the wheel of his car and flew down the Warrego Highway at 147km/hr.
Dukes appeared before Dalby Magistrates Court to face the consequences of a serious addiction to meth and an eye-watering, dangerous drink driving offence.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the court that Dukes, 26, was intercepted by police on the corner of Moreton and Arthur Streets at 10.30pm on March 28.
The court heard police said they had "reasonable suspicions" about Dukes relating to drug offences, and the defendant admitted he did have drug utensils in his possession.
Police located an ice pipe with burnt residue which the defendant admitted was used to smoke methylamphetamine.
Police also located small white sponges used to clean glass pipes, a straw fashioned into a scoop, and two gas lighters.
Dukes admitted they were all used for the consumption of ice.
In the defendant's backpack, police located digital scales which Dukes said he used to weigh drugs after he bought them to ensure he was receiving the full amount he paid for.
The court then heard an even more shocking crime from Dukes as snr const Tahana described an incident on June 26 at 6.30pm when Dalby Road Policing Unit intercepted a vehicle speeding at 147 km/hr down the Warrego Hwy.
Snr const Tahana said when police approached the Dukes' car, they detected the smell of liquor, and found the defendant was slurring his words.
He then admitted to police that he was drunk.
A breath test revealed Dukes was three times the limit with a reading 0.153 before the defendant said he had consumed half a bottle of rum between 5.30pm and 6.10pm that night.
Dukes told the court he was "remorseful" for his actions, and described them as "utterly stupid".
Magistrate Tracy Mossop said he didn't have much time left to sort out his priorities in life.
"You want to sort yourself out before your 30s so you can leave this all behind you," she said.
Dukes pleaded guilty to possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence, possess utensils or pipes that had been used, and driving under the influence of liquor.
For possessing utensils, he was sentenced to a nine month probation order with no conviction recorded, and ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counselling.
For driving offences, he was fined $1100 and had his licence disqualified for 12 months.
A conviction was recorded.