A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system.
A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system. ©istockphoto/DNY59

Woeful history of drink-driving: court

WHEN Terry James Whalen returned a .061 breath test reading in September, it was the sixth time he’d been caught drink-driving.

Before that, he was nabbed for drink-driving in 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Whalen told the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court he had recently been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, which he said meant any alcohol would put him over the legal driving limit.

He was stopped at Susan River on September 19.

Despite acknowledging Whalen’s “absolutely woeful” history, Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted that the 45-year-old hadn’t been before the courts since 2003.

He fined Whalen $1750 and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.



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