Repeat drink driver jailed, blows nearly 5 times the limit

REPEAT drink-driver Andrew Duncan Biggar arguably summed up his predicament when he said: "I'm f***ed" to police who had just pulled him over.

The 34-year-old fishing trawler worker blew 0.245, nearly five times the legal limit, after being stopped on Yandina Coolum Rd about 7pm on January 17.

He was supposed to be driving a vehicle with a drink-driving interlock device, but was not.

His woes continued while being interviewed later when he repeatedly threatened to smash an officer's nose in, resulting in a charge of obstructing police.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday heard of Biggar's history of high-range drink-driving offences, which included readings of 0.27, 0.223 and 0.151 since 2001.

Defence solicitor Bernard Bradley said his client had summed up his situation with his own roadside evaluation. Mr Bradley said Biggar knew he would be going to jail.

He said Biggar's job roster was to be at sea for a month and then home for a month, when he would drink "a lot".

"He was very drunk," Mr Bradley said.

"He doesn't recall saying those words to the police officer."

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Biggar had an alcohol problem.

"You seem to, Mr Biggar, turn into a hopeless individual when you have been drinking," Mr Stjernqvist said.

He sentenced him to nine months in jail, to be released on parole after three months.

Biggar was also fined $200 and disqualified from driving for a total of three years and three months.


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