Serial drink driver blames pub

AN IPSWICH man has faced court for his sixth drink driving offence - and this time blamed the pub for "letting him drive away".

Frederic Jon Freeman was pulled over at Kalbar and blamed the hotel he had been drinking at for his decision to get behind the wheel.

He said the hotel had let him drive there, drink and then drive away, which the magistrate refused to accept.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Freeman he was "the grown up" and it wasn't the pub's responsibility to ensure its customers didn't drive.

"You're the grown up here - if you choose to drink and drive you have to accept the consequences," Ms Sturgess said.

Freeman was pulled over on September 1 and at first wouldn't supply a specimen of breath, but police warned him to do so.

At the Boonah Police Station when tested he blew 0.123, and said he had five mid-strength beers and one rum and cola.

He told police they had ruined his life by catching him drink driving, and became verbally abusive.

"I hope you're happy now," Freeman told officers.

Defence lawyer Natasha Shorter said her client had regrettably made the foolish decision to drive home after drinking to drown his sorrows about a family problem.

The court heard Freeman had convictions in 2011, 2008, 2005, 2001 and 1991, ranging from blowing 0.168 to 0.084.

He also failed to supply a specimen on one occasion.

Ms Sturgess said both the community and Freeman needed to be protected from people like him.

Freeman pleaded guilty to drink driving and was put on 15 months probation.

He was also disqualified from driving for 15 months.

Ms Sturgess ordered him to do the Under the Limit drink driving course, which will cost him $750.

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