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Driving without headlights gave up drink-driver

DRIVING across Toowoomba at midnight without headlights on was always going to attract the attention of police patrols.

And so it was for Tony William Wigan whose blue Kia Rio sedan attracted the attention of a police patrol on Bridge St, Newtown, just after midnight August 15.

As he pulled into a side street, the police car moved in and pulled him over, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The 26-year-old driver told the officers he had been driving home from a work function at Zac's at Burke & Wills Hotel in Ruthven St.

He admitted to having had about "10 beers and scotches" at the function, police prosecutor Christie Mahoney told the court.

Wigan blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.169, causing his driver's licence to be immediately suspended.

Senior Constable Mahoney said the officers reported that the seriousness of the matter did not seem to sink in with Wigan who appeared to laugh and giggle throughout.

However, a "deeply regretful" self-represented Wigan pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor, telling the court he was deeply regretful and ashamed for his actions.

Noting he had no previous drink-driving offences, Magistrate Graham Lee fined Wigan $1200 and disqualified him from driving for six months.