Slurring teen ‘glad’ to be caught drunk on roads
A CAN of Canadian Club rolled along a car floor and into view of police as they questioned a slurring teenager who claimed he was sober after nearly wiping out a pedestrian safety fence.
Benjamin Dwight Clifton, 19, told police he instead smoked a joint and was on his way to work when they saw him swerve across Nicklin Way multiple times, mount the gutters and come close to hitting a wire fence at a pedestrian crossing.
Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer said Clifton had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his words when officers pulled him over along Beach Rd on April 11.
While they were questioning the green P-plater, police saw a partially drunk Canadian Club on the floor of the passenger side.
Clifton was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital to have blood taken which recorded 0.129 blood alcohol content and an amount of other drugs in his system.
Despite losing his licence, Clifton said he was glad police caught him.
He pleaded guilty at Caloundra Magistrates Court on Tuesday to driving under the influence of liquor.
"That was one of the first times drink driving… I'm glad I got caught," he said.
"I stopped caring… stopped working as much."
The Alexandra Headland man was disqualified from driving for a further five months and fined $1000.
A conviction was recorded.