Drunken man hit by vehicle in Goodna

A DRUNKEN pedestrian had guzzled enough alcohol that it could have killed him when he was struck by a car in Goodna.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court last week, Judd James Goodman pleaded guilty to one charge of public drunkenness.

Police were called to Alice St at 8.15pm on January 9, after it was reported a man had been hit by a vehicle.

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When officers arrived, they found Goodman sitting on the side of the road, being attended to by members of the public.

Officers observed the 28-year-old had slurred speech and smelt of liquor. A damaged vehicle was parked nearby.

Ambulance crews treated the father of one for minor injuries.

Police prosecutor Constable Daniel Swanson said Goodman was given a breath test that showed a reading of 0.32.

A blood-alcohol range over 0.35 has been known to represent potentially fatal alcohol poisoning.

Goodman was also found in possession of cannabis which resulted in an added drug charge.

Defence lawyer Greg Ploetz said Goodman had co-operated with police and had since taken steps to address his drug and alcohol use.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove told Goodman he was lucky to have not been seriously injured from the incident with the motor vehicle.

"Getting that drunk in a public place is extremely dangerous," Mr Cosgrove said.

"If you drunkenly lurch out in front of a vehicle and get badly injured or killed, that driver is going to have to deal with that for the rest of their life."

Goodman was convicted and fined $600 for both charges.

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