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New year drinking bender results in fine, loss of licence

A NEW year drinking bender resulted in a man being caught driving almost four times over the legal alcohol limit on the Bruce Hwy near Maryborough.

Wayne John Stewart, 61, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court, after the case was transferred from Maryborough.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Stewart was intercepted about 3pm on January 2 for a random breath test.

He returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.191, Sgt Stagoll said.

Stewart said he had only consumed four beers on the day in question, but admitted he drank a lot of alcohol the two previous days as part of New Year celebrations.

"That reading is far too high - you were just a complete danger," Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said.

Mr Tatnell noted Stewart's previous traffic history was good, however, and said he hoped this offence would be a one-off occurrence.

Stewart was fined $1500 and lost his licence for 14 months.

Caught driving to work over the limit

A MAN who drove to work while over the legal alcohol limit has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrate's Court.

Todd Martin was intercepted for a random breath test in Pialba on January 19.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Martin's blood alcohol reading was 0.072.

Martin told the court he was on his way to work on a night shift when he was intercepted, and he did not believe he had consumed enough alcohol to be over the limit.

"You can't drink and then estimate your alcohol concentration," Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told him.

"I deeply regret it," Martin said.

Mr Tatnell ordered a licence disqualification of two months and a $350 fine.

Twice the limit, five month suspension

A MAN caught driving with double the legal alcohol limit in his system has lost his licence for five months in Hervey Bay.

Benjamin John Sumbar, 21, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to the offence, which occurred on January 13 in Point Vernon.

The court heard Sumbar returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.101 following a random breath test.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Sumbar $600 to go with the licence disqualification.

Driving conviction on a provisional licence

JOHN Robert Fleming has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink driving.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Fleming returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.072 after being intercepted in Torbanlea on December 7.

Sgt Stagoll said Fleming was on a provisional licence at the time, so was required to have no alcohol at all in his system.

Fleming was fined $500 and lost his licence for three months.

P-plate drivers must have zero alcohol reading

A MAN who pleaded guilty to drink driving on a provisional licence has received the minimum licence disqualification in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Troy William Smith, 34, was intercepted on January 15 in Torquay and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.059 in a random breath test.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Smith $300 and disqualified his licence for three months.

Alcohol reading from drinking night before

A HERVEY Bay man who had a drink driving charge transferred from Roma lost his licence for one month.

Cecil Edward Beck pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to the offence which took place in Roma on December 29.

The court heard Beck returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.063 when he was intercepted on the Warrego Hwy at 7.35am.

Beck said he had been drinking the night before.

Beck was fined $350 and lost his licence for one month.

Pushing limits ruined a good driving record

TANYA Lee Firth has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to driving an unregistered, uninsured car while almost double the legal alcohol limit.

The court heard Firth was intercepted for a random breath test in Urraween on January 16.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said the officers noticed Firth's registration sticker had expired, so performed checks on the vehicle.

The registration had expired in November last year, and the car was also uninsured.

Firth returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.097 as well.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted Firth had a very good traffic history, so reduced the period of disqualification on her licence.

Firth lost her licence for two months and was fined $1000.

Judge concedes not to record conviction

A MAN who drove from Maryborough to Urangan while under the influence of methylamphetamines has managed to avoid having a conviction recorded in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Michael Richard Horne, 49, pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday.

The court heard police officers intercepted his car in Urangan on September 8 last year because of the erratic way it was being driven.

They noticed Horne had slurred speech, dilated pupils and what appeared to be a fresh needle mark in his arm.

He told the police he had injected speed and driven from Maryborough.

A blood test confirmed the presence of methylamphetamine.

Horne's solicitor Trinity McGarvie said her client was "incredibly embarrassed," over the incident.

Ms McGarvie said Horne was not a habitual drug user, who had a moment of weakness following the break down of a long-term relationship.

She pleaded with Magistrate Graeme Tatnell to not record a conviction against Horne, based on possible ramifications on his employment.

Mr Tatnell agreed, and said it was only the second time he had not recorded a conviction for this charge.

Horne was fined $1500 and lost his licence for nine months.



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