What can go wrong when you love your dog too much
A MAN who drove with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.187% because he was worried about leaving his dog on the back of his ute at a pub was fined $900 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.
Callan Joseph Dellow pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving after police intercepted him parked on the side of Lakes Creek Rd at 1.45am on June 6.
Defence lawyer Bryce Younger told the court his client's girlfriend broke up with him the day before.
He said Dellow went out with friends and left his dog on his ute.
"Obviously at the time my client was highly intoxicated," he said.
"He went to the pub with his mates, his friends said he was down in the dumps and wanted to cheer him up, they kept buying drinks for him."
Mr Younger said Dellow, a boat builder, was in a taxi on the way home when he remembered his dog was on the back of his ute, so he had the taxi driver drop him at this ute to drive his dog home.
"He remembered his dog was on the ute," he said.
"He was worried about his dog."
Magistrate Cameron Press said the defendant's blood alcohol content was "a high reading and a dangerous reading".
"You're at risk of killing yourself, of killing others and also killing your dog," Mr Press told the defendant.
"When the reading is high and in the danger zone, the fine and disqualification must reflect the high reading."
Dellow was fined $900 and he was also disqualified from driving for eight months.