Nathan Robert Lauterbach, 36, pleaded guilty at court on Thursday to driving under the influence of liquor.
Nathan Robert Lauterbach, 36, pleaded guilty at court on Thursday to driving under the influence of liquor.

Decorated airman busted drink driving after cruise

A DECISION to drive after a boozy boat cruise has put a successful serviceman’s career on the line.

Nathan Robert Lauterbach, 36, is facing a possible termination or rank reduction from his role as a technician with the Royal Australian Air Force after blowing more than three times the alcohol limit while driving.

Police prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said officers pulled Lauterbach over on the Sunshine Motorway on September 16 as he was driving home to Toowong.

He recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.189.

Lauterbach pleaded guilty at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday to driving under the influence of liquor.

Defence lawyer Temeka Sue-Tin said her client had won multiple service medals and been deployed to the Philippines to assist with border protection.

Ms Sue-Tin said his behaviour had threatened the future of his career and was out of character compared to his “exemplary” background.

Lauterbach was fined $1300, disqualified from driving for six months and a traffic conviction was recorded.