Drink-driver causes $30k worth of damage on Burnett Hwy
AS WAYNE Leslie Hutchinson-Reakes, 39, drove to a mate's house, he made a decision to drink a few "innocent" beers while behind the wheel.
That decision left him at the helm of an accident on the Burnett Highway causing $30,000 worth of damage to another vehicle.
Hutchinson-Reakes pleaded guilty to one count of driving over the general alcohol limit and one count of driving without due care and attention in Dalby Magistrates Court.
Senior Constable Jodie Tahana told the court that on May 18, the defendant was involved in a traffic crash between a ute and a B-double truck at 2.30pm.
Hutchinson-Reakes was seen veering over the double lines on the Burnett Hwy before colliding with the truck.
When police attended the scene, they found a blue esky with ice and 18 XXXX Gold beers on the front seat.
Mr Hutchinson-Reakes admitted to drinking while he was driving, and blew a BAC reading of 0.066 while receiving treatment at Kingaroy Hospital.
"At the time I thought it was just an innocent couple of drinks while going to see friends," Mr Hutchinson- Reakes said.
"I realise I've made a huge mistake."
Magistrate Tracy Mossop told the driver he was lucky to be alive, and commented on his "unremarkable traffic history".
Ms Mossop fined the defendant $600 in total, and recorded convictions.