'Concerning': Man jailed for drunken drive to KFC
A GLADSTONE man asked to hug his family before he was taken to jail for several traffic offences including a drunken drive to KFC for a feed when he was nearly three times the legal limit.
Benjamin Edward Fewquandie was sentenced to prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving over the middle alcohol limit, two counts of driving without a licence disqualified by court order and contravene requirement of police.
The court was told the 27-year-old was intercepted by police on April 1 at Boyne Island on Centenary Dr for a licence check.
Fewquandie was on a two-year licence disqualification for previous offending at the time but told police he thought it was only three months.
He later told police he thought it was four years.
Less than two weeks later, Fewquandie was behind the wheel again but this time he was drunk.
On April 12 police received a call from a concerned informant, who told officers Fewquandie was drunk at a shopping centre and had driven away.
Fewquandie was intercepted about 2pm on Booth Ave.
He returned a blood alcohol content reading of .147 per cent.
Fewquandie told police he had driven to KFC to "pick up a feed" for his family.
Fewquandie told police he had been drinking rum since 5am that day and had not slept.
He was in two types of licence disqualification at the time.
Defence lawyer Angela Taylor said Fewquandie admits it was a bad decision.
Ms Taylor said her client had a troubled past but was finally getting stable. She said Fewquandie was not a big drinker.
Magistrate Dennis Kinsella said based on Fewquandie's traffic and criminal history he had "no regard for the safety of road users".
Mr Kinsella said it was also concerning Fewquandie had driven a second time in under two weeks after he was pulled over by police and charged.
"His (Fewquandie) conduct is highly contemptuous," Mr Kinsella said.
"He has put himself in this difficult position.
"He has four entries which relate to drink driving offences.
"He has two disqualified driving entries."
Mr Kinsella said it was with "great regret" he would order Fewquandie to spend time behind bars, given he had a partner and cared for four children.
But Mr Kinsella said he was concerned for other road users should Fewquandie continue to get behind the wheel.
Fewquandie was sentenced to six months jail to serve one month before parole release July 28, 2019.
Convictions were recorded.