The man will be without his driver's licence for 14 months.
The man will be without his driver's licence for 14 months.

Driver blows .2 on way home from the bottle shop

A TOOWOOMBA man had blown a breath/alcohol reading more than four times the legal limit on his way home from buying more booze.

Police alerted to a possible drunk driver had arrived as Robert James Harris was driving into his Kearneys Spring garage about 1.05pm on October 28, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The 44-year-old told police he had been drinking wine throughout the morning and was just returning home from the bottle shop, police prosecutor Eddie Fraser told the court.

He blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.221, he said.

Harris pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.

His solicitor Robert Martin told the court his client was "remorseful, embarrassed and disappointed" by his behaviour on this occasion.

The 44-year-old had been having some relationship difficulties and had been drinking beer the night before.

That day his client had drunk some "top-up" beer and because of the stress from his relationship problems and business pressures, he was not thinking straight, he said.

His client had been speaking with a friend by phone who contacted police to do a welfare check on him, Mr Martin said.

His client, who had not touched alcohol since this incident, was selling the car he had recently bought for $35,000 and would be riding a bicycle to work, he said.

Magistrate Robbie Davies noted Harris had only just got his licence back in October after being disqualified by the court in July for a reading of 0.115.

"When you drive at four and a half times the legal limit, you are a menace to yourself and a menace to others," Mr Davies told Harris who was fined $750 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for 14 months.