UBER STUPID: Driver loads up on UDLs on way to fare
A COAST Uber driver was "unsteady on his feet" both times he was caught driving over the general alcohol limit, twice in one week.
Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell said James Gowdy Kable, 56, returned a positive roadside breath test on his way to Verrierdale's Full Moon Dance on June 15.
Kable, from Gympie, told police he intended to collect passengers from the dance.
"He was unsteady on his feet and conveyed to the police station," Sergeant Campbell said.
"He stated... he had drunk two cans of vodka premix across a three hour period and had driven after consuming."
A certificate showed Kable had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.091.
At that stage his licence was suspended for 24 hours.
Less than a week later, on June 21, a random breath testing site on Weyba Rd in Noosaville found Kable to be driving over the general alcohol limit again.
Sgt Campbell said Kable had trouble turning into the site and, once he did, he was blocking other vehicles.
Kable told police he drank two or three cans of UDL at home before starting his shift Uber driving.
His breath alcohol concentration was 0.078.
Kable also had a condition on his licence which stated he was to carry a medical certificate while driving, and was charged for not doing so.
He pleaded guilty to all three charges telling magistrate Maxine Baldwin that his actions were due to "utter stupidity".
He was disqualified from driving for four months and fined $450.
"If you're going to take on the responsibility of having other people in your car you really have to have no alcohol because, as I said, with a delayed reaction an accident can happen so easily," Ms Baldwin said.
"And people are entitled to think that their taxi drivers or Uber drivers, or whatever, are clear of alcohol."
Uber said Kable immediately had his access to the app removed when the matters were reported to Uber last month.
"Every week tens of thousands of driver partners across Australia help people get home safely and avoid drink driving, which makes this report all the more disappointing," an Uber spokesperson said.