Man on parole blows .182

A MAN involved in a New Year's Eve police chase in a stolen car in 2009 has breached his probation by high-range drink driving.

Christopher Jonathan Thew, 27, pleaded guilty in court this week to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .182% on the Sunshine Coast in January.

Thew was serving 12 months probation for his part in the police chase, for which he was convicted of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and obstructing police.

His co-accused, Tommy McCarthy, who was shot by police at Mt Marshall, was jailed for vehicle theft and evading police.

The Warwick Magistrates Court heard Thew had been living at the Sunshine Coast with his girlfriend, with whom he argued on the night of January 1.

He consoled himself by consuming a carton of VB before deciding to go for a drive, during which he performed a u-turn across double lines in front of a passing police car at Alexandra Headland.

Thew was fined $1200 and banned from driving for 11 months on the drink driving charge.

He was also fined $400 for breaching his probation and $1200 for the original offences stemming from the police chase.


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