Drunk and down the drain

THE challenges of being more than five times the legal alcohol limit and talking on a mobile phone proved too much for one motorist when his car left the road and rolled into a drain.

Clifton man Christopher James Carey was returning from delivering a work client a quote at 3pm on November 12 when the crash occurred.

Police attended the scene and found the man's vehicle on its roof.

Carey was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was uninjured.

The 43-year-old was co-operative with police, telling them he didn't know what had happened and that he was speaking to his teenage son at the time.

A breath test was administered at the site and returned a reading of 0.263.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard Carey started drinking on Friday evening and drank all night.

This was not the first high reading for Carey, who returned a reading of 0.327 in 2008.

Defence lawyer Nathan Bouchier said his client developed a problem with alcohol following a relationship breakdown in 2008.

Carey is now receiving treatment for the illness and Mr Bouchier said his client had "very good prospects" for rehabilitation.

Magistrate Graham Lee told Carey that any fine he would impose would be "astronomically high", and instead chose to sentence him to 18 months worth of probation.

Carey was also ordered off the road for the next 15 months.


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