Lindsey Paul Grant faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a charge of drink-driving.
Lindsey Paul Grant faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a charge of drink-driving. Facebook

Drivers call 000 over drunk man 'swerving all over the road'

A DRINK-DRIVER who swerved all over the Bruce Highway and drove into oncoming traffic, causing motorists to phone 000, has applied for a work licence.

Lindsey Paul Grant, 34, of Glenden, pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday to driving over the middle alcohol limit on February 16, 2017, when he blew 0.140% in a breath test.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine told the court police were alerted to Grant's driving when a "concerned member of the public" travelling south on the Bruce Hwy towards Calen phoned 000.

"The call related to a vehicle driving very dangerously, travelling on the wrong side of the road," Snr Const Erskine said.

"Police received three 000 telephone calls from three other people regarding the manner in which the utility was being driven on the Bruce Hwy.

"Reports received by the phone calls stated other vehicles had been forced to pull off the road to avoid hitting the vehicle. Reports stated the vehicle was swerving all over the road and crossing double white lines."

Police soon received another 000 call, at 5.47pm, when Grant's ute crashed about 1km north of Calen.

When officers from Calen police station arrived, they noticed Grant standing by the highway, Snr Const Erskine said.

"While speaking with the defendant police smelled liquor on his breath. As a result of a breath test the defendant was subsequently detained... he was found in the possession of keys to the vehicle," he said.

When asked about his reading, Grant said he'd been in Townsville earlier in the day "in relation to a recent cancer scare".

"The defendant stated to police he'd been drinking during the day and that he'd stopped at a rest area north of Bowen and consumed two and a half cans of Jack Daniels before continuing," Snr Const Erskine said.

The court was told Grant had told police he was being tailgated by a semi-trailer, had attempted to pull over to the side of the highway to let the trailer pass but had crashed.

Ms Wilson said Grant had a clean record, apart from a speeding fine.

Grant, who represented himself, said he was getting professional help for psychological and emotional trauma stemming from a childhood incident, which was not detailed.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson adjourned sentencing until March 21 for Grant to obtain paperwork.


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