Driving a truck not best idea after a night of drinking

THE decision to get behind the wheel of a five-tonne truck after a night of drinking cost a Gladstone man his licence yesterday.

David Gary Connell appeared in the Gladstone Magistrate's Court on one charge of driving under the influence. The court heard that on November 22, Connell arrived home from his brother's 40th about 3am.

He then left home four hours later in his truck and was pulled over by police a short time later.

Police Prosecutor Mick O'Rourke told the court that after undertaking a breath analysis, Connell returned a reading of 0.134.

Mr O'Rourke asked Magistrate Russell Warfield to consider that Connell was in charge of a heavy vehicle, which requires a blood alcohol reading of zero.

When sentencing Connell, Magistrate Warfield said there were already enough truck accidents in the Gladstone region.

Connell was fined $1500, had a conviction recorded and was disqualified from driving for 10 months.