Drink driver behind Sunset Drive car rollover fined in Mount Isa Magistrates Court

Emergency services attend the car rollover on August 9. Photo: Samantha Walton.

Emergency services attend the car rollover on August 9. Photo: Samantha Walton.

THE drink driver who rolled his car in Sunset Drive six weeks ago was fined $600 and had his licence disqualified three months. 

Brenden James Williams’s blood alcohol level was 0.105 when police tested him after the car rollover on August 9, the Mount Isa Magistrates Court heard on Monday. 

Williams pleaded guilty to driving a car over the middle alcohol limit. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting said the single vehicle traffic crash happened at about 3.50pm on that day. 

“Witnesses said the male driver left the scene on foot. 

“It was a short time before police located the defendant a short way away.” 

Williams told police he fled because he was scared and because he had been drinking, Sergeant Whiting said. 

The defendant represented himself in the court room. “I’m not very good at public speaking,” he began, prepared to read from a written version of his defence. “I’m very sorry your honour for this.” 

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge observed Williams’ written statement and said he could read the material himself, which he then did silently. He then asked if the defendant had anything else to add. 

Williams said he was attending Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATODS) program. He also had been driving in Queensland since 2014. 

Mr Guttridge said the reading was “just over” the lower end of the middle alcohol limit. Williams was suspended from driving since the car rollover, which the magistrate took into consideration when passing the sentence.  

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