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Drunk driver caught chopping up weed behind wheel

A MAN with a blood alcohol reading pushing five times the limit has been sentenced to jail after police found him drunk and chopping up marijuana behind the wheel.

But Jeffrey Karl Marius Boirayon's car was not actually moving when police caught him out on Christmas Day.

Instead it was parked near the Puma service station on the Bruce Hwy at Kybong.

The engine was going but 55-year-old Boirayon, of Coochin Creek, was not driving; he was cutting up cannabis.

He said he had bought the drug from a couple on their way to Cairns and intended to stay around and smoke it.

He had also been drinking with people he had met near the service station that day.

When police walked up to Boirayon's car, he was in the driver's seat with a blood alcohol reading of 0.218%.

Because Boirayon was in charge of the car while intoxicated, police charged him.

The offence was being under the influence of alcohol while in charge of a motor vehicle.

The court heard it was his second drink driving charge within a five year period - the time frame used to gauge the frequency of an offender's behaviour and sentence accordingly.

Charges of possessing drugs (19 grams of cannabis) and drug utensils (including the scissors) were also laid.

He pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court to all three offences but said "I had no intention of driving anywhere".

For the UIL charge, Boirayon was sentenced to one month jail, suspended for 12 months and disqualified from driving for 12 months. The drugs charges brought about six months of probation.

It was a similar offence committed by Point Cartwright man Trevor George Sell, 66.

On October 28 last year, Sell parked on the side of the Bruce Hwy at Woondum and opened a case of beer. Police found him sleeping in his van with his legs out the driver's window and a blood alcohol reading of 0.192%.

Sell had been living in his van and said he didn't intend to drive after drinking either. He too was charged with being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was fined $1200 and disqualified for 12 months.

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