The Toowoomba man's car burst into flames as he drove the Warrego Highway.
The Toowoomba man's car burst into flames as he drove the Warrego Highway.

Car bursting into flames was just the start of his problems

THE driver of a car found on fire at the side of the Warrego Highway had blown a breath/alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has been told.

Lowood police had arrived at the scene of the burning vehicle on the highway near Minden about 3am, March 10, to find the driver Archy Adam Donnolley standing nearby the burning vehicle.

The 25-year-old had blown a breath/alcohol reading of 0.169, police prosecutor Senior Constable Julia Wheaton told the court.

It was the Toowoomba man's second offence of similar nature in five years meaning he faced a minimum driving disqualification period of 12 months, Snr Const. Wheaton said.

The self-represented Donnolley told the court his father had just passed away around that time and that he had been visiting his sister in Ipswich.

Asked by Magistrate Viviana Keegan how his car had ended up on fire, Donnolley said, "The transmission exploded".

Ms Keegan told Donnolley that driving with so much alcohol on board was "dangerous", not only to himself.

"You were not only a danger to yourself and your property but to other road users," she said.

Taking into account he had already been without his driver's licence for one month since the incident, Ms Keegan fined Donnolley $1300 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for the minimum period of 12 months.



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