'Grass eater' fined $1000

A DRINK-driver who had just crashed his car started eating grass while police watched, Tweed Heads Local Court was told yesterday.

When the police officers asked why Dave Ryan Earsman, 24, was eating the grass, he replied: “I don't know”.

According to police facts tendered to court, Earsman was driving his black utility in Ducat Street at 12.30am on December 20 last year when he crashed into a parked car.

Police attended and gave Earsman a breath test, which he failed. He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station for a breath analysis where he blew .170 per cent blood alcohol concentration.

Earsman could not remember how much alcohol he had drunk.

In Earsman's defence, the court heard he had been drinking at a work Christmas party at the South Tweed Sports Club before getting a taxi to the Ivory Tavern where he continued drinking.

He got a taxi home, but for an unknown reason, he got in his car and started driving around.

The court heard Earsman was a volunteer lifeguard and was studying economics at Bond University. The crash had taken a serious financial toll and Earsman was living with his mother and had a $5000 credit card debt.

Magistrate Nicholas Reimer said Earsman was very lucky no-one else was injured in the crash, otherwise he could have found himself spending many years in jail. Earsman was fined $1000, $73 in court costs, disqualified from driving for two years and put on a two-year good-behaviour bond.

Earsman was not the only high-range drink-driver in court yesterday.

According to facts tendered in another case, a well-intoxicated man was driving towards Tweed Heads in the early hours of February 2.

Police stopped car salesman Scott Callaghan while exiting the Tweed Heads South McDonald's at 5am and he failed a breath test.

The Kingscliff man blew .160 per cent blood alcohol concentration at the Tweed Heads Police Station.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months and fined $1500 with $73 in court costs.



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