Cops bust learner, 52, twice

A 52-YEAR-OLD learner driver caught drink-driving twice within two hours has been slapped with $3000 in fines and a 19-month licence disqualification.

Grant Kenneth McIntyre, a carpet layer, was pulled over for a roadside breath test at Urangan on September 10.

He was found to have only a learner's permit, was driving unaccompanied and had no L-plates displayed.

McIntyre blew .127 and was immediately banned from driving for 24 hours.

But an hour later he was at it again.

McIntyre was pulled over a second time, only a short distance from where he was originally stopped.

The second breath test resulted in a reading of .117.

McIntyre pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to five charges.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said it was “absolute stupidity” that McIntyre risked driving after he'd already been caught once.

Mr Tatnell took into account McIntyre's long traffic history when sentencing him.

McIntyre was fined $1250 and banned from driving for seven months for the first incident.

He was fined an additional $1750 and disqualified from driving for 12 months for the second set of offences.

Meanwhile, a Hervey Bay father caught driving almost four times over the limit has lost his licence for seven months.

Zarko Zaric, a timber trader who formerly served in the Georgian Army, was pulled over at Urraween for a roadside breath test on September 6 and blew .191.

Zaric, 43, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

The court heard Zaric had been out at a restaurant with a friend and felt capable of driving home.

He was fined $1750 and had his licence disqualified for seven months.

Also in court:

  • Driving a mate home on September 10 wasn't the best idea Levi Troy Dunn has had. The 22-year-old unemployed Hervey Bay man was pulled over for a roadside breath test and blew .190. He pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving, was fined $1250 and ordered off the roads for 12 months. 

  • Dale Lucas Baker has never held a Queensland driver licence. But that didn't stop him getting behind the wheel on August 19 after having too many drinks. The 27-year-old Maryborough man was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for one year after pleading guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court. The court heard the unemployed man blew .162 after police saw him driving erratically along Kent Street, Maryborough, about 2am. He was fined a further $350 and disqualified for three months for driving without a licence. 
  • A 17-year-old P-plater has lost her licence for three months after being caught drink-driving. Jasmin Riley blew .031 when she was pulled over at Urangan on September 7. The limit for P-platers under 25 is zero. Riley pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving and said she had waited hours after drinking before getting behind the wheel. Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Riley her $200. 
  • A Maryborough cleaner caught driving at more than twice the legalalcohol limit has been fined $700 in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.Daniel James Barker was pulled over for a breath test on July 23 at2.15am. He blew 0.119%. Barker pleaded guilty to the charge and said he“shouldn't have driven home that night”. Magistrate John Smithdisqualified his licence for seven months.
  • A 38-year-old truck driver will be off the road for a month after being convicted of drink-driving. Ross Graham Radke blew .062 when he was pulled over for a breath test on September 14. Radke pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving and said he believed he was under the limit at the time. “I say every second Wednesday - you can't drink and then estimate what your alcohol concentration is going to be, because there's too many factors to take into account,” Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said. Radke was fined $250 in addition to the one-month ban.


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