Unable to stand, let alone drive - caught on knees at car

A MAN who was too drunk to properly stand drove 7km through the centre of the Sunshine Coast in daytime traffic.

The driver, later seen on his knees trying to unlock his car, recorded a blood-alcohol concentration more than four times the legal limit.

Thomas Alexander McLean somehow made it from Cotton Tree to Buderim on March14.

HIS dice with death ended without serious incident in Lavarack Cres about 2pm.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Melissa Campbell told the Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday that bystanders saw him slumped to his knees next to the open front door of his parked car.

"He was trying to pull himself up, but his legs were falling away under him," she said.

Snr Const Campbell said McLean was so impaired that witnesses thought he had a medical issue and called an ambulance.

McLean was hostile to ambulance officers who assessed him as intoxicated and took his keys, she said.

He told arresting officers that he had driven to attend a meeting.

The court was not told how much alcohol the 64-year-old, who works in commercial property, had consumed before the drive.

Lawyer Justin Crosby said his client had not had a drink since he was arrested and had joined Alcoholics Anonymous.

Magistrate John Hodgins, after reading a medical report, acknowledged McLean had been struggling with alcohol.

"It's a credit to you that you've had this drinking issue and have managed to keep it under control, but more recently there's been a family issue that's tipped you over the edge," Mr Hodgins said.

Mr Hodgins pointed out that McLean had a high reading and had been risk to other road users.

McLean, who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for a year.


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