Alleged drink-driver hid behind a bush to avoid police

A 23-YEAR-old Calen man allegedly hid behind a bush to avoid police, before returning a breath test more than four times the legal limit.

About 8.30pm on November 9, police were conducting patrols of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Dysart when they allegedly observed a Toyota Hilux ute fail to navigate a turn and drive onto a traffic island at speed.

Police activated their lights and sirens to intercept the vehicle for a roadside breath test and the vehicle allegedly took off at speed and drove down a bush track.

A short time later, police observed a man walking along Queen Elizabeth Drive in the vicinity of where the vehicle was last seen.

When he saw the police, the man allegedly attempted to conceal himself behind a bush.

Police spoke to the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, and believe he was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence.

The man denied driving what was identified as his work vehicle, and claimed his boss had it.

He was taken to Dysart Police Station and returned an alleged Blood Alcohol Content reading of 0.179 per cent, nearly four times the legal limit.

Senior Constable Nick Schmidt said the man has been charged with evading police and high-range drink-driving.

His licence was immediately suspended and he was issued a notice to appear at Mackay Magistrates Court on December 2.