Driver fined after blowing 0.112 during January floods
A MAN who rushed to the aid of friends during the January floods after a day of heavy drinking has been fined $1400 and lost his licence for seven months.
Joshua James O'Rourke appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to one charge of drink driving.
The court heard the defendant received a call from a friend who was trapped by rising floodwaters on the afternoon of January 26.
On his way to assist, the defendant became cut off by floodwaters on Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd and subsequently came into contact with police.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Franklin said police could smell liquor on the defendant and performed a breath test.
He returned a reading of 0.112%.
O'Rourke's lawyer Megan Creaser told the court her client had become worried when he could not contact his friend by phone.
"He could only assume his friend or his friend's phone was drowning," she said.
O'Rourke was fined $1400 and disqualified from driving for seven months.