VIDEO | Drink driver obeys 'irate' girlfriend, rolls ute
BEN Walsh was having a good time drinking booze at mates - then his girlfriend called.
Apparently cranky that Walsh intended to stay over she told him to come home.
Walsh, 29, headed for home in the rain just after midnight.
He lost control of his Commodore ute and crashed.
Gladstone Magistrates Court heard that a witness told police it rolled as many as seven times.
Police prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the witness, an off-duty paramedic who ran to the scene from his house, heard the ute revving loudly just before the crash.
"It was revving excessively and the paramedic heard tyres screeching. He heard several bangs which was it rolling," he said.
"It's a serious case; it rolled at least seven times."
Walsh recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.181 - over three times the legal limit.
Walsh pleaded guilty to drink driving; and driving without due care and attention at 12.10am on Sunday, November 29 last year.
Sgt Stevens said that after rolling the ute landed on its roof in a drain.
The impact caused the roof to collapse, entrapping Walsh.
Walsh suffered bruised vertebrae, a collapsed lung, and a broken collarbone with plates and screws inserted. He will need further medical treatment.
Lawyer Bradley Krebs said Walsh returned from an overseas holiday then endured a hard week working 70 hours in 30C heat in the days before the crash.
"He was catching up with friends at their home in Calliope, one drink turned into many," Mr Krebs said.
"He well and truly over indulged in drinking.
"He was intending to stay the night and a friend drove him to a local hotel. Later in the evening he got a phone call from his partner.
"She was very irate that he was out drinking with mates rather than returning home to her."
Mr Krebs said Walsh instructs he lost traction at the lights and could not regain control.
His $13,000 ute was a write-off, still under finance for $8000 and not covered by insurance.
Magistrate Penelope Hay said his actions were "foolish".
She said Walsh had a poor traffic history and a speeding problem.
Ms Hay fined him $1000, and his licence disqualified for nine months.