Drink-driving accused caught twice

A MAN allegedly caught driving under the influence of alcohol twice earlier this month has been sent to the lock-up until his charges are heard in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

James Leonard Warner was allegedly seen driving down the wrong side of Lennox Street on February 9 – just metres from the city’s police station.

Police were notified and a breath test showed Warner had an alcohol concentration of .177.

Three days earlier he had allegedly been caught driving on the same street with a reading of .158.

Police allege an acquaintance had unsuccessfully tried to take Warner’s car keys away so he couldn’t drive.

Magistrate John Smith told Warner he would remain in custody because he was a danger to other road users.

“There is an unacceptable risk of you committing other offences and endangering the life of other members of the public,” Mr Smith said.

Warner appeared in custody in the court and indicated his intention to plead guilty to the charges.

Mr Smith, however, refused to deal with the matters until Warner had spoken to a solicitor.

The case was adjourned to February 24 and Warner was taken back to the watch-house.

‘There is an unacceptable risk of you committing other offences and endangering the life of other members of the public’



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