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Man, 26, awaits sentence on 14 charges

WHEN handed Kaleb Hans Comolatti's traffic and criminal history, Magistrate Jeff Clarke flicked through the pages and asked what the Duaringa man's total State Penalty Enforcement Registry (SPER) debt would total.

When the tally was read out at $17,255 for Comolatti, 26, Mr Clarke shook his head and said he needed time to think about what sentence to hand down.

"Has he bothered to pay that?" Mr Clarke asked.

"(Because) he doesn't seem to abide by any other rules."

Comalatti pleaded guilty to 14 charges in the Blackwater Magistrates Court on Friday, from three separate incidents which spanned from May to July in Rockhampton and Duaringa, involving a traffic crash while driving under the influence, driving while disqualified and acting drunk or disorderly in a licensed premise to which a banning order was in place.

On May 7 in Duaringa, Comalatti contravened a banning order when he went to the local pub.

He attended the pub again on May 13, and when staff recognised him and asked him to leave, he became aggressive and said he would bash their heads in.

On June 14 he was intercepted in Duaringa by police and was found driving an uninsured, unregistered vehicle, without a licence.

On July 18, Comalatti was involved in a traffic crash in Norman Gardens, Rockhampton, where he fled the scene after hitting a pole at 10.40pm, with a blood alcohol reading of 0.147%. When police attended the hospital, a hypodermic syringe was found in his jacket pocket.

Comolatti's solicitor told the court her client didn't contest any facts and after the breakdown of a 10-year relationship starting using methamphetamines.

"The last time he used was two nights before the motor vehicle accident," she told the court.

Comalatti was remanded in custody and will face the Emerald Magistrates Court today for the outcome.

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