Drunk driver handed one year ban
A 47-year-old Warwick man has been taken off the roads for a year after admitting to driving while impaired.
However Stuart Lottimore, of Tamarind Vale, contested the accusation that he was involved in a hit and run.
Magistrates' Court heard Lottimore's car had crossed into the lane of an oncoming vehicle, clipping the side of a car at the junction of Ord Road and Middle Road in Warwick, at 8.50pm on April 27.
Lottimore spoke briefly with the other driver and left the scene without giving details — but the other motorist noted his licence number.
Police that evening tracked the licence to Lottimore's address. He admitted he'd been driving, and officers took him to Hamilton Police Station after noticing a strong smell of alcohol on his breath.
The lowest reading on the breathalyser showed 230mg alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg of alcohol.
Lawyer Kenville Savoury said Lottimore had left after the conversation with the other motorist turned heated.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined Lottimore $1,500, and banned him from driving for one year.