Magistrate tells annoying drunk to lay off the booze

TOOWOOMBA man Wade Peter Groves is one person who really shouldn't drink alcohol, the city's Magistrates Court heard.

Groves, 31, appeared by video link from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre to plead guilty to 12 offences, all committed while he was drunk.

"It's like that old saying," his solicitor Brad Skuse told the court of his client's alcohol-related issues.

"One's too many and a bucket is not enough."

Every few days between March 6 and April 21, police had been called out to public disturbances involving a drunken Groves, the court heard.

Those incidents included his standing with his pants and underpants down around his ankles, exposing himself - an empty bottle of Jim Beam nearby - in the car park of Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre on March 13.

He was already on bail, a condition of which was not to have or drink any alcohol. He blew a breath alcohol reading of 0.275.

He was also drunk and abusive to shoppers at Grand Central on the afternoon of March 11 and in Margaret St on the night of March 6, when he refused to pay a taxi fare then struggled with police who arrested him.

Due to past drink-driving offences, Groves had an interlock device fitted to his vehicle which would not start if he had alcohol on his breath.

On March 23, he had driven to Picnic Point where he drank a bottle of alcohol before blowing into the interlock device to start his car, only to set off the alarm.

That time he blew 0.218, the court heard.

Mr Skuse said that when his client was sober he was amiable but when he bought alcohol he drank it until it was all gone.

Magistrate Graham Lee declared the 31 days Groves had spent in custody as time served under the sentence and sentenced him to three months jail to be followed by two years probation.

Groves was also ordered to do 80 hours community service and disqualified from driving for 21 months.


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