Lovelorn drunk tourist forced off highway by other motorists

A LOVELORN English tourist whose car was deliberately run off the Bruce Hwy by terrified motorists has been sentenced to 15 months jail.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court has heard it was a "minor miracle" William Joseph Mylchreest did not kill or injure someone when he got behind the wheel almost five times over the alchol limit at Childers on Sunday, July 7.

"Witnesses reported his car weaving over the road, causing numerous near-misses and (near) head-on collisions," police prosecutor Michael Quirk said.

"He was overtaking on both the left and right hand side of the road."

Sergeant Quirk said by the time Mylchreest reached Howard, three motorists were "so concerned" they worked together to box in the tourist's vehicle in and force him off the road.

They stood guard until police arrived on the scene, where they found Mylchreest sitting in his car with a bottle of vodka on the passenger seat.

He blew 0.241% and could produce only a UK learner's permit.

Defence lawyer Judy Millward told the court Mylchreest was a world traveller who had returned to Australia on a working visa in May to be with a woman he met in Bundaberg.

But after just two weeks, the relationship began to fall apart after the woman found out she was pregnant.

This was compounded by the fact Mylchreest could not find a job.

"She ended the relationship," Ms Millward said.

"It's the most monumentally stupid decision he's ever made."

Magistrate John Smith sentenced the 26-year-old to 12 months for dangerous operation of a vehicle, two months for drink-driving and one month for unlicensed driving.

He declared 23 days in custody as time already served and set a parole release date of November 3.



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