Drunk driver busted on Auckland St had 24 cans of beer
A GLADSTONE man told police he drank 24 cans of beer before getting behind the wheel and driving to his mother's house, a court was told.
Lauchlean Steven Allen Easton pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence.
On January 23 2019 police were called to reports of a disturbance on Auckland Street.
When officers arrived they spoke with Easton, who told police he had driven a Toyota Kluger to his mother's house about 30 minutes before police arrived.
Easton had glassy eyes, slurred speech and was "swaying back and forth".
Police required a blood alcohol content sample Easton. He returned a result of .173 per cent.
Easton told police he consumed 24 cans of beer earlier that day.
The court was told Easton gave no "emergent" reason for getting behind the wheel other than that "he loved his mother".
Defence lawyer Bianca Hight said her 24-year-old client was born in Gladstone and recently returned home after travelling Australia.
Ms Hight said her client had worked many jobs but was currently unemployed and studying.
The court was told Easton was on probation for an assault charge earlier in the year.
Magistrate Athol Kennedy said he would extend the probation order to 15 months with an extra alcohol counselling program.
Easton was also disqualified from driving for eight months.