A man who drove his car off the road was found by the police with a blood alcohol content more than seven times the legal limit. Picture: File
A man who drove his car off the road was found by the police with a blood alcohol content more than seven times the legal limit. Picture: File

GOON BAG BOG: Driver caught seven times over legal limit

A man who was found rolling around on the grass drinking from a goon bag after driving his car off the road was busted more than seven times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

David John Linneweber pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday to drink-driving and careless driving.

On April 22 last year, Linneweber crashed his car on Kelsey Creek Rd.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Sean Franklin said the 40 year old drove off the road through a table drain and across 100m of grass.

He said Linneweber attempted to steer his car back onto the road but got bogged.

When police arrived, Linneweber was lying in the grass attempting to drink from a bag of cask wine.

Linneweber told the police he had not had anything to drink before the crash and said it happened because he was tired.

However, he returned a 0.373 per cent blood alcohol content, more than seven times the legal blood alcohol limit.

The court heard Linneweber's history of drink-driving, noting he had appeared in court in 2008, 2012 and 2018.

Linneweber recorded a BAC of 0.737, more than seven times the legal limit. Picture: File
Linneweber recorded a BAC of 0.737, more than seven times the legal limit. Picture: File

Duty lawyer Peta Vernon said Linneweber admitted he had "always enjoyed a drop" and that things "started to go downhill" in 2010 when his father was diagnosed with cancer.

The court heard his drinking increased when his father passed away in 2011 and he started seeing a psychologist shortly after.

Ms Vernon said the birth of his child gave Linneweber a "new lease on life", however in November 2014 both his former partner and child "disappeared".

Linneweber sought legal advice and was able to find his child.

However, the court heard that right before the crash, Linneweber's child and former partner left again and he had not seen them since.

Ms Vernon said he then "dived headfirst into alcohol".

In late December, Linneweber started going to counselling to help deal with his addiction and the court heard he was now 23 weeks sober.

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Magistrate James Morton said there were better ways to deal with not seeing his child than turning to alcohol.

"What you do about your child is a matter for you, but don't come here and expect me to feel sorry for you because you haven't done (anything) about it," he said.

"If you were so concerned about it, after you got out of your drunken haze you would've got on the phone and made some inquires."

Linneweber was sentenced to four months jail, but the term was immediately suspended for 18 months.

He was also fined $500 and disqualified from driving for two years.


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