Drink-driver blames panic attack

EIGHT empty cans of beer on the passenger side floor of his car – and an open can sitting beside the handbrake – was a dead giveaway Gregory Ross Wolfgram had been drink-driving when police pulled him over for a RBT at 6.30pm on December 6.

Nevertheless, the intoxicated Hervey Bay man decided he wasn’t going to provide a specimen of breath.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard Wolfgram abused officers when he was asked to supply a breath specimen and then went on to refuse to provide his personal details and orders to get out of his car.

Once he was arrested and taken back to the station, however, he finally submitted to a test which showed a reading of 0.184.

Wolfgram told the court he started having a panic attack when he was pulled over and “stressed out”.

He said he had just moved to the region after a relative died.

Magistrate Tom Killeen convicted him on each charge of drink-driving, contravening a police direction, obstructing police and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Mr Killeen fined him $1500 and banned him from getting a driver’s licence for one year.



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