Drunk driver manages to reverse his car through pub towards alarmed punters

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A drunk driver reversed his girlfriend's car through a Gold Coast pub when he was four times over the legal limit.

Nathan Simpson, 28, faced Southport District Court on Wednesday over a string of driving offences relating to the crash at the Robina Pavilion on August 5, 2020.

The court heard Simpson had been drinking at the venue, on Ron Penhaligon Way, when he was asked to leave for being too drunk, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Simpson got into a row with one of the staff members before leaving the building and getting behind the wheel of the red vehicle belonging to his girlfriend.

The court saw CCTV footage which showed the car reversing through the glass doors into a walkway at about 8.30pm as staff members and customers leapt out of its path.

Simpson drove away, shedding part of his tyre at the scene, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat.

He was later taken into police custody where he blew an alcohol reading of 0.202 – four times the legal limit.

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The driver pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, wilful damage and driving without a licence and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

Judge William Everson described the bloke's actions as "extremely dangerous and extremely reckless."

Simpson, who has never worked, has previously been caught driving without a licence on six other occasions and was on parole for other driving offences at the time of the crash.

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The court heard the car continued down until it smashed into an obstacle on the far wall, leaving glass and debris strewn across the walkway.

Defence barrister James McNab said his client had an unhappy childhood, left school in year 8, and had spent time homeless.

Simpson has been jailed for 18 months but will be eligible for parole on October 16.

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