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Brisbane councillor charged with drink driving



A Brisbane councillor has been charged with mid-range drink driving after he was found asleep behind the wheel of a parked car by police.

The incident unfolded after Peter Cumming attended a Christmas Eve party with local business owners at his ward in Wynnum.

After leaving the event, the 62-year-old said he got into his parked council car across the road which was less than 200m from his home.

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Police said they found him asleep with the car still running.

Officers told 9News the councillor blew 0.13 per cent, which is a chargeable offence even though the car was stationary.

Cumming said he had about six drinks over a four-hour period while at the party.

"It was a couple of heavy beers, couple of Bundy rum and colas," he said.

"The worst thing I did, I started drinking self-mixed spirits."

Cumming said he won't be going on leave and has no plans to step down yet.

"I've let myself down, I've left the community down," he said.

A decision on his resignation will come closer to the next council election.

"Got to give serious consideration to my future and perhaps I should be looking at treatment," he said.

He will face court on Monday and said he plans to plead guilty.

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Brisbane councillor Peter Cumming

Transport minister Mark Bailey said the incident is "unacceptable" and "disrespectful".

"I've always had a very hard line on drink driving, long before I was a minister," he said.

"I think it's really disrespectful to other people and their safety and Peter Cummings should consider his future – absolutely."

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Brisbane councillor Peter Cumming

It comes months after Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams was charged with drink driving.

Cumming was asked by reporters whether he had learned from Williams mistake and responded, "no, obviously no".

Cumming has represented the Wynnum-Manly ward in Brisbane for almost 30 years.

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