Road spikes used to stop drink-driver four times over limit
POLICE busted a Bucasia man driving four and a half times over the legal alcohol limit, swerving back and forth across the road while travelling 60km/h under the speed limit.
Ramon Neal Manning led police on a low-speed pursuit for several minutes, accelerating away heavily at one stage before police used a "tyre deflation device" to halt his vehicle.
Police were made aware of the 34-year-old's drink-driving on December 10 at Farleigh after his wife called, concerned about her husband's welfare.
Manning faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop a motor vehicle.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Manning, who did not have a lawyer, that he could expect "a huge fine and huge suspensions".
"Not that I can do anything about it because it's mandatory," he added.
Prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told Mr Dwyer police had found Manning driving on Mackay-Habana Road about 1.15am.
Police found Manning's vehicle "swerving all over the road and "travelling at approximately 40km/h on a 100km/h stretch of road".
"Police then activated lights and sirens and directed the driver to pull over and stop. The vehicle has continued driving in the same manner, not reacting ... ," Ms Larcombe said.
"Police continued to follow the vehicle for the public's safety and to warn other possible road users of the vehicle's behaviour."
About 1.22am, Manning slowed to about 10km/h to make a turn, before he "made an overt act to evade police".
He accelerated away before slowing back down to 40km/h.
"A minute later a tyre deflation device was successfully deployed ... ," Ms Larcombe said.
When police opened the door of the vehicle, Manning was in an "emotional state", admitting he had an "alcohol addiction" and has been undergoing counselling.
He was breath tested, recording a blood-alcohol level of 0.221.
Manning had a history of high-range drink driving, dating back to 2009-10, Mr Dwyer said.
An early plea was considered by Mr Dwyer.
Manning was disqualified from driving for three years and fined $7000.
Convictions were not recorded.