Break-up no excuse to flout law

HE HAS lost contact with his family, he’s lost his licence and this week Scotland Drummond Campbell lost his freedom after flouting the law once too often in his misery.

Campbell was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to one count of drink-driving and two counts of disqualified driving.

Campbell cried in court as he realised his actions would lead to a stint in jail.

Magistrate John Smith set a parole release date of May 9.

The court heard Campbell had already been disqualified from driving on November 11, 2009, after being caught behind the wheel with an alcohol concentration of .145.

Five days after having his licence disqualified he was caught behind the wheel, drunk again.

On November 16 he was pulled over on Gympie Road and found to have an alcohol reading of .117.

Campbell was given a notice to appear in court but failed to show up.

On January 12 he was caught driving again, this time on Adelaide Lane.

“It’s of grave concern that less than a week after appearing in court he was again caught drink-driving and driving disqualified,” prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan said.

“He failed to appear in court for those charges and a month later was caught driving disqualified again.

“He’s shown a complete disregard for orders of the court.”

Campbell represented himself in court and said he had moved to Maryborough from South Australia after a family break-down.

He said he’d sought help for his problems and never wanted to get into a car again.

Magistrate John Smith helped Campbell’s cause by disqualifying his licence for another four years.

He was also fined $1000 and sentenced to the 12-month term of imprisonment.



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