Blood shot eyes, slurred speech and fake name: busted

A NEPALESE migrant who now calls Toowoomba home narrowly avoided spending time in one of his new country's prisons after admitting to his third high-range drink-driving offence in five years.

Police responding to a report of a suspect driver about 10.20pm, July 23, found Laxmi Adhikari struggling to complete a u-turn in a cul de sac on the grounds of the Willow Glen Retirement Centre, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Police stopped the purple Nissan dual cab and asked the 34-year-old driver his name, police prosecutor Natalie Bugden told the court.

When he replied "Nitsan Kaparu", he was warned about giving a false name but maintained that name, she said.

Senior Constable Bugden said the driver had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and appeared to have wet his pants and so was breath tested.

Adhikari blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.252, she said.

Checks of his licence found his car was subject to the interlock provisions due to a previous drink-driving offence but his car did not have the interlock attached.

Adhikari, who pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor, failing to have an interlock device fitted and contravening a police direction, had two previous readings of 0.187 in 2014 and 2011.

His lawyer Adelaide Davies (Creevey Russell Lawyers) told the court her client was a permanent resident of Australia having arrived here eight years ago.

He had been drinking with friends on this evening and had intended leaving his car at the scene and walking home, she said.

Her client, a seasonal worker, had since sought counselling to address his alcohol issues, Ms Davies submitted.

Though three high-range drink-driving offences within five years brought a mandatory term of imprisonment, Ms Davies asked the court to structure a sentence that didn't see her client serve actual jail time.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck sentenced Adhikari to six months in jail but ordered he be released on parole immediately. Adhikari was also fined $450 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for two years.



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