Sleeping it off in car proves costly

A YANGAN man found napping in the in the driver's seat of his vehicle after consuming a six-pack of beer has fronted court over the incident.

Darren Paul Kirk pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court this week to being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The court heard police were patrolling Sladevale, near the Caltex Roadhouse, around 6.30am on November 26 when they observed the 33-year old's car parked near the service station.

Kirk was found to be asleep in the driver's seat of the locked vehicle and the keys were in the ignition.

A subsequent breath test returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.181.

Police Prosecutor Steve de Lissa told the court Kirk informed police at the time he had driven from Brisbane after visiting his mother in hospital.

He added Kirk told police he had not drank any alcohol since he pulled up.

This was disputed by Kirk's defence counsel, who said Kirk ran out of fuel close to the service station and decided to drink a six-pack of beer he had in the car before going to sleep.

Snr Const de Lissa told the court the man had a "quite dated" history of similar offences.

Magistrate Graham Lee warned Kirk that had he been driving the vehicle with such a "very high" reading, he would have been dealt a much more serious punishment.

He was fined $300 and disqualified for driving for a period of six months.


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