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Woman almost made all the right moves, except drink-driving

DEBORAH Jan Cowell made nearly all the right choices.

On May 29, she rode her bike to have lunch with friends and after a few wines she made a good decision to leave the bike and walk home.

However three hours later, without consuming any further alcohol, she took the car to drive to work and was stopped by police.

The 49-year-old produced a BAC of 0.077%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell acknowledged her good traffic history and said the offence was out of character.

Cowell was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $400.

A change not so good for drink-driver

CHANGING drinks has led to Gregory John Harvey appearing in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on a drink-driving charge.

Harvey was stopped by police on May 30 in Howard and produced a BAC reading of 0.050%, just over the limit.

Harvey said he usually drank mid-strength beer but instead tried casked wine.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said Harvey was one of very few people he'd dealt with who were right on the limit.

Harvey was given a one month licence disqualification and fined $250.

Two months off road for man, 25

MICHAEL George Barney was caught drink-driving early in the morning of May 31.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to having a BAC of 0.089%.

Barney was fined $500 and lost his licence for two months.

Six months and $600 out of pocket

PAUL William Rae was caught driving on May 26 with a BAC of 0.063%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell sentenced Rae to a six month licence disqualification and a $600 fine.

Lesson not learnt the first time

MOST people would learn to stop drink-driving after their first offence.

However Leanne Maree Moore was charged for drink-driving twice in three days.

On May 26 she was caught driving with a BAC of 0.08%.

Just two days later she was again caught by police and produced a BAC of 0.139%.

Moore was remorseful for the offences.

For the offence on May 26 Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Moore $400 and disqualified her licence for three months.

For the second offence on May 28 she was fined $1000 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Caught out due to keys in lap

SLEEPING in the front seat of his Holden Commodore with the keys on his lap has meant Leigh Randolph Steele was charged with drink-driving.

Police found Steele in the front seat of his car in a carpark in Pialba on June 1.

He produced a BAC of 0.061%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said sitting in the front seat with the keys meant Steele had the intent to drive.

"Because you were in the front compartment with the keys deems you in charge of the motor vehicle," he said.

Steele said his seat was fully reclined and had no intention to drive.

Mr Tatnell fined Steele $500 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Record clean since the 1960s

LAWRENCE Edward Laudehr was caught drink-driving in Urangan on May 25.

The 71-year-old produced a BAC of 0.087%.

Laudehr said his only other traffic history was a speeding fine in the 1960s.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Laudehr $450 and disqualified him from driving for one month.

Both p-plater and open rules broken

PROVISIONAL licence holders must have zero alcohol in their system.

However red p-plater Kimberly Louise Cochrane-Jones didn't get the memo.

On May 11 she was stopped by police and asked to provide a breath sample.

She had a BAC content of 0.079%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell reminded her of the no alcohol policy and fined her $350 and disqualified her from driving for three months.

Three months off road for .101

JESSE Lachlan Coles pleaded guilty to drink-driving in Urangan in May. Coles had a BAC of 0.101%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Coles $600 and disqualified him from driving for three months.

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