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Drink driver crashes into tree

RORY William Hayes fell asleep at the wheel of his gold Holden Astra and crashed into a tree on the Burnett Highway, north of Biloela, on June 5.

He had been drinking.

Last week, Hayes pleaded guilty in Biloela Magistrates Court to driving over the legal alcohol limit.

Police prosecutor acting Senior Constable Sean Franklin said when police arrived at the scene of the single-vehicle accident involving Hayes's car, about 4.30pm, Hayes was not at the scene.

They found him at the hospital where he was being treated.

Hayes told police he'd fallen asleep at the wheel and when he opened his eyes he saw a tree in front of him.

Acting Senior Constable Franklin said when the officers talked to Hayes, he had bloodshot eyes and they smelt liquor on his breath.

A blood test found Hayes had a reading of 0.116. He admitted drinking black sambucca and cider.

The scaffolder pleaded guilty, was convicted, fined $600 and disqualified from driving for four months.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy warned Hayes he could be banned for two years if caught driving while disqualified.

Debra Ruth Lindley was caught drink driving and driving unlicensed by police in Yeppoon on May 17.

Lindley was caught on Apple Drive about 11.30pm when she registered 0.112.

A check found her licence had been suspended for unpaid fines on November 23 last year.

Lindley told the court she had been drinking at a friend's place and was worried about being attacked and bashed as she walked home due to a spate of recent violent attacks in the town.

She was convicted, fined $600 and disqualified from driving for five months.


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