Police will be out in force next week.
Police will be out in force next week.

Couple booked driving same car

A COUPLE has been arrested and charged with drink-driving within an hour of each other – and driving the same car.

Each was driving allegedly with more than twice the legal limit.

Police will allege a 48-year-old woman was stopped on Main Road in Maroochydore.

The woman had been driving a white sedan about 1.30am on Wednesday.

She was the only person in the car at the time.

The woman was taken to Maroochydore Police Station where she allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.114.

Police released her a short time afterwards after suspending her licence for 24 hours.

An hour later police said they again spotted the white car and pulled it over.

The woman was in the vehicle but this time in the passenger seat.

Police said the woman’s 49-year-old partner was behind the wheel.

The man was driving without a licence and was allegedly more than three times over the legal limit, Maroochydore police officer in charge Roger Marek said.

Senior Sergeant Marek said police will allege the man returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.157.

“He was taken to the watch-house and the white car was impounded for 48 hours,” he said.

The couple’s next scheduled appearance together will be at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on February 15.

In Caloundra Magistrates Court yesterday, Michael James Adams was sentenced to five months in jail after being caught driving while disqualified for the third time in as many years.

The 24-year-old said he left his licence at home when police pulled him over in Caloundra at 10.20pm on December 17.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Stephen Potter said Mr Adams told police he was driving his drunk mates to the RSL so they could purchase more alcohol.

Mr Adams, who was also caught driving disqualified in 2008 and 2009, told the court his actions were “just stupidity”.

“I was trying to help mates out so they weren’t drink-driving,” he said.

The jail sentence was suspended and Mr Adams was allowed to return to Inala, south of Brisbane, where he lives with his girlfriend and young daughter.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

Meanwhile, Coast police have warned that they will be out in force on Australia Day on Wednesday.

“All available police will be on foot and or mobile patrols in public areas where people congregate in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba,” a police spokesman said.

“We encourage people to use public transport. Police will be out watching for those who make the choice to drink and drive.”

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