I could have killed someone drink driver admits
PATRICK Duggan had done something stupid - again - heh ad been caught drink driving for the second time in just four weeks.
“When I woke up the next morning, that's when I realised I'm a bloody idiot,” Pat, 42, said.
“I could have killed someone.
“It's just crazy what happened.
“I'm an alcoholic,” the chef confessed.
That's also what he told Biloela Magistrates Court when he pleaded guilty to the two drink-driving charges on Monday.
He also pleaded with the court to take his licence away for good.
Police prosecutor acting Senior Constable Sean Franklin told how Pat was caught on the Dawson Highway on July 6 with a reading of 0.119 at 8.30pm.
He told officers he'd had six stubbies from 5-8.15pm.
Pat was caught again on August 1 at 2.20am on Callide Street, when he blew 0.100 after having eight stubbies from 9.30-2am.
He was given 12 months' probation, which includes alcohol counselling, a $750 fine and an 18-month licence disqualification.
He may have underestimated how much he drank, as many drink drivers do, as he told Central Telegraph he would normally have at least 12 stubbies after finishing work around 9pm.
It was Pat's third drink-driving offence; he had a high-range driving-under-the-influence offence in 2004.
The chef also admitted he had three drink driving offences in his home country of New Zealand between 1988-95, which saw him lose his licence for more than two-and-a-half years in total.
One of his readings in New Zealand was 0.275.
Pat said his latest charges were a wake-up call, and he has sold his car.
“I just want to get rid of it - it's like a magnet.
“I'm pretty sure I'll never drive again when I get my licence back.
“I'll never own a car again because I'll just repeat it again.
“In a small town like Bilo, why was I even driving to start with?”
The tough-looking, bald Kiwi said he wants to beat his alcoholism with the help of the counselling.
Pat said friends had been telling him for years he was an alcoholic.
He said he was good at his job and didn't want to leave Biloela.
He wanted to get the message out that drink driving had to be stopped, and repeat offenders should have their cars taken away like repeat hoons.I'm pretty sure I'll never drive again