Jail for two drink drivers

TWO drink-drivers are doing time for their crime after appearing in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Karl Ludwig Schenk was sentenced to 12 months jail for his fourth high-range drink-driving offence.

The 50-year-old had been staying at the Wongi State Forest campground at the time he was caught drink-driving by Howard police on August 17.

He had a disqualified licence and was driving an unregistered and uninsured car with cancelled plates.

Schenk blew .191 per cent.

During investigations police discovered Schenk was wanted for failing to appear in the Coolangatta Court for driving under the influence of liquor in 2005.

He had then crashed his car and subsequently blew .257.

Prosecutor Constable Steve Lord said Schenk had an extensive interstate traffic history including several drink-driving convictions.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell sentenced Schenk to 12 months jail, fined him a total of $3750 and banned him from driving for eight years.

Schenk will be eligible to apply for parole on December 18.

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Victor Edward Shannon will spend much more time in jail after pleading guilty to traffic and property charges.

His extensive traffic history meant jail was the only consequence when he was caught drink-driving on September 6.

He blew .081 when he was pulled over for a roadside breath test.

Shannon, 28, also had a disqualified licence, was using his ex-girlfriend's car without her permission and gave a false name to police.

An additional charge of stealing was laid after police discovered he had stolen jewellery, cash and mobile phones from an acquaintance in July.

He was sentenced to one month in jail for drink-driving and banned from driving for five years. The charges of disqualified driving, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing netted him another 18 months in jail.

Shannon can apply for parole in August 2010.

Daniel Jacob Schroen swore at police officers and threatened to come after their families when he was pulled over for drink-driving on July 26.

The 33-year-old Hervey Bay man blew .109 when he eventually agreed to a breath test.

He pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving and being a public nuisance.

The court heard Schroen had been at a restaurant and then to a Pialba nightclub before driving home in the early hours of the morning.

He pulled up on Freshwater Street, Scarness, and tried to evade detection by swapping seats with his passenger.

Schroen had two previous drink-driving convictions in the past five years.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told Schroen his behaviour was not acceptable.

“Any threats against police officers' families should not be taken lightly,” he said.

“They have a very difficult job in the community and there should be more respect shown.”

Schroen was fined $1500 and had his licence disqualified for 12 months.



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