Fellow driver takes drunk man's keys

AN ACCUSED drink driver who allegedly had his car keys taken away by a fellow motorist after he fell out of his van along the Bruce Hwy at Gympie has recorded a reading five and a half times over the limit.

The driver had allegedly driven a "significant distance" north on the Bruce Hwy early Thursday afternoon, according to Gympie Police, before he was stopped at Gympie.

Reports of the driver spanned back from as far south as Eumundi, where he allegedly drove his van off the highway and became bogged in mud.

Another driver helped push the van out of the mud, allowing the man to continue on his way.

Further reports were received of a driver in a multi-coloured van driving across lanes of the Bruce Hwy, headed north near Kybong

Gympie Police Senior Sergeant Andrew Holding said the driver was reported to drive across the centre strip and on to the wrong side of the highway, nearly steering the van off the opposite side of the road.

It wasn't until the man pulled over south of the Gold Nugget that he was stopped from driving back on to the highway.

The man stopped the van and allegedly fell out of it on to the ground and then urinated.

Police said a fellow motorist stopped to check on the man and when he realised the state he was in, took away his car keys.

The motorist then called police, who took the accused drink driver to Gympie Police Station for a breath test.

The test returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.279%. The man was charged and will face Gympie Magistrates Court.

Snr Sgt Holding said the good Samaritan potentially prevented a serious crash, but withholding car keys was not recommended.


Drink drivers

SENIOR Sergeant Andrew Holding said while the good Samaritan driver in this instance went a long way to preventing what could have been a serious traffic crash, he did not recommend people take keys away from a potential drink driver.

He said doing so could be unsafe.

However, Snr Sgt Holding urged anyone with concerns to call police immediately.

He said anyone reporting a driving incident should note the registration details of the vehicle involved and the location of the vehicle or incident to pass on to police.

Gympie Times

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