OLYMPIAN Geoffrey Benjamin "Benny" Pike has received a slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to a high-range drink driving charge.

Smartly dressed in a grey suit, the former boxer pleaded guilty and said he was very sorry and embarrassed for the incident on August 4 and had sought medical and psychological help.

The 61-year-old was arrested at Marcoola after witnesses noticed him swerving across the road.  His blood alcohol level was 0.181.

The court took note of Mr Pike's previous drink driving history - he has been guilty six times before - but noted these were eight years ago and were lower-order offences.

Mr Pike was given a $750 fine and his licence will be suspended for eight months.

Mr Pike said he realised he had a problem and was attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

He also told the court he had been through a terrible year after losing his employment at the Palmer Coolum Resort in March and his mother has been unwell.


NAMED: Serial Roma burglar in court for trespassing, given fine

Premium Content NAMED: Serial Roma burglar in court for trespassing, given...

With an extensive criminal history and spending time in jail, a Roma father was...

DETAILS: When will southwest Qld get COVID vaccine

Premium Content DETAILS: When will southwest Qld get COVID vaccine

With the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines rolling out across Australia, here’s what...

Alleged Chinchilla child sex offender mentioned in court

Premium Content Alleged Chinchilla child sex offender mentioned in court

A Chinchilla man alleged to have indecently assaulted children had his case...