Woman picked up for drink-driving on way to get more booze

A WOMAN who was on her way to buy more alcohol has been fined for drink-driving.

Kylie Grace Degiorgio, 35, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to the offence, which took place on April 3 in Torquay.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Degiorgio was intercepted after officers noticed her car swerving on the road.

Degiorgio told the officers she was on her way to pick up some more drinks, even though her blood alcohol reading was already 0.098.

Even worse, Degiorgio was on a provisional licence requiring her to have no alcohol at all in her system while driving, Snr Const Grigoris said.

Degiorgio told the court she was unaware of the provisions on her licence at the time.

Magistrate Graham Hillan fined her $800 and disqualified her from holding a licence for six months.

Abusive outburst gets cops' attention

A DRIVER who brought attention to himself by leaning out the window to shout abuse at patrons at the Torquay Hotel has been fined for drink-driving.

Adam Stephen Whitmarsh, 25, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Whitmarsh was intercepted by police after they noticed him shouting abuse as he drove by the pub on April 12.

Whitmarsh's blood alcohol reading was four times over the limit, at 0.201.

Whitmarsh told the court he only got in the car to drive in order to remove himself from a fight.

He said someone at the pub wanted to bash him.

Whitmarsh was fined $1400 and lost his licence for 13 months.

Man sleeps it off in car full of fast food

A MAN who was found slumped over, asleep, in his car and surrounded by fast food has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Timothy Geard, 59, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to the offence, which took place in Toogoom on April 17.

The court heard Geard drove from the Craignish Country Club to the Toogoom Shopping Centre, when the police found him asleep in his car.

His blood alcohol reading was 0.184.

Geard was fined $1400 and lost his licence for 12 months.

Drunken dad drives with daughter

A FATHER who drove while more than four times over the legal alcohol limit with his young daughter in the car has been given a jail sentence in Hervey Bay.

Joshua Hescroff Alsop, 28, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and unlicensed driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Alsop was intercepted in Urangan on March 2.

"Yeah, I'm over," Alsop told the police at the time, Snr Const Grigoris said.

His blood alcohol reading was 0.224.

Alsop had consumed about two litres of wine throughout the day, and had his young daughter in the car as well as another passenger, Snr Const Grigoris said.

Alsop had convictions for similar offences in the past, she said, and asked Magistrate Graham Hillan to impose a prison sentence rather than a fine.

The court heard Alsop was now attending a program to help with his drinking, and was extremely regretful of his actions.

Mr Hillan sentenced Alsop to three months imprisonment, but the term was suspended immediately.

Alsop was disqualified from holding a licence for 22 months.

13th proves unlucky for busted driver

CLINTON James Buchholz, 27, has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Buchholz was intercepted on Main St in Urraween on April 13, and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.135.

Buchholz was fined $850 and lost his licence for eight months.

Back in court after less than 12 months

A DRINK-DRIVER who crashed his car and was tracked by the police dog squad after he left the scene has been fined in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Peter Campbell Brown, 57, pleaded guilty to the offence, which occurred on April 18 in Urraween.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said officers attended the scene of the crash, but the driver of the car was nowhere to be found.

The dog squad tracked Brown to his home, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.178.

Snr Const Grigoris said Brown had a previous drink-driving offence from May last year, where he was more than double the legal alcohol limit, and that it was concerning he was back 12 months later with an even higher reading.

Brown's legal representative told the court the crash was not the result of his client's drinking, but due to a mechanical failure of the car.

Brown walked to his nearby home to call a tow truck, not in an attempt to evade police, the court heard.

Magistrate Graham Hillan fined Brown $1500 and disqualified his licence for 14 months.

Driving only to work for next year

BRODY Mark Parsons has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

The court heard Parsons returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.131 after being intercepted in Torquay on March 10.

Parsons, 45, successfully applied for a work licence.

He was fined $900 and had his licence restricted to work purposes only for 12 months.

First-timer fined for drink-driving

PAUL Robert Smeaton, 42, has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

The court heard Smeaton was intercepted in Urangan on April 14, and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.078.

Magistrate Graham Hillan noted Smeaton had no previous convictions for drink-driving, and imposed a fine of $400 and a licence disqualification of two months.

Four months and $900 worse off

MICHAEL Leonard Thomas Wright, 28, has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

The court heard Wright was intercepted in Pialba on April 20, and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.090.

Wright was fined $700 and lost his licence for four months.



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