Over the limit and over the rainbow
A DRIVER found unconscious at the wheel of his car in Gympie - headlights on and engine running - told police he believed he was in Maroochydore.
"I don't even know where I am, to be honest," he later told the officers who found him.
Simon Mark Chalmers, 42, of Gympie, accepted police allegations and pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court to driving under the influence of drugs in Stewart Tce on February 14.
Police told the court Chalmers' blood alcohol level, .061 per cent, was not high enough to explain his condition.
A hospital blood test showed a cocktail of tranquilisers and opioid painkillers.
Asked if he accepted police claims he was under the influence of drugs and not merely having detectable levels of drugs in his blood, Chalmers said: "Yes, your honour, I was."
Chalmers' car was parked in Stewart Tce near Maryborough Rd, but partly in a local-traffic service road, police said.
Asked for his side of the story, Chalmers said it was "a bit of a sob story."
"My mum passed away recently, I lost my dog and my job and went on a bender," he said.
"I was just trying to deal with my problems the wrong way."
Magistrate Chris Callaghan told Chalmers it was not a good idea to take "a number of drugs with alcohol and then drive."
"There is obviously a problem here," Mr Callaghan said, placing Chalmers on 12 months probation with random therapeutic urine testing and the mandatory minimum disqualification of 12 months, taking into account he had already been unlicensed for almost three months since the offence.