Man caught drinking beers in car home from mine site

A MAN drank six beers on his drive from a mine site to his home, when he was on a restricted work licence.

Cannonvale man Troy Derek Mansfield, 37, pleaded guilty to drink-driving in Mackay Magistrates Court this morning.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Mansfield was "very lucky" that police had not charged him with driving while disqualified and breaking the conditions of a restricted driver's licence.

Prosecutor Sheena Hayes said police had intercepted Mansfield on the Bruce Hwy at Calen during random breath tests about 3.20pm on May 18.

His blood alcohol reading was 0.072%.

Mansfield told police he'd worked the night prior at a mine site near Blackwater and "thought he'd have a few beers" while driving home to Cannonvale.

He told police he'd drunk six XXXX Gold stubbies since 11am that day.

"You've had a very, very lucky escape. The disqualification should have been two and a half years longer," Mr Dwyer said.

"That's not to say the police won't come back again, although it may well be an abuse of process if they do."

Mansfield was fined $935 and his licence was disqualified for seven months.

A conviction was recorded.


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