Drink-driver takes off on foot

IT WASN'T exactly a high speed pursuit – but that didn't take away from the seriousness of Alexander James Tatley's actions on August 8.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court heard police activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to intercept Tatley, a 25-year-old learner driver, for a random breath test in Granville at 2.12am.

At first Tatley pulled his vehicle to the side of the road, police prosecutor Michael Quirk said – but before the officers were able to speak to him he drove off.

Police pursued the car at a speed of about 40kmh for three minutes before Tatley, unemployed, stopped the car near a Granville park.

But the chase didn't end there – Tatley then took off on foot.

When police eventually arrested the Maryborough man, he blew 0.227%.

“I've laid off the alcohol since that day,” he told the court.

Magistrate Mark Morrow fined him $250, disqualified his licence for 15 months and sentenced him to 12 months' probation.



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