P-plater fined $1000 and disqualified for eight months

TERRY James Mahon did all he could to avoid giving police his driver's licence.

Mahon was intercepted by police on June 22 in Maryborough.

The 23-year-old Hervey Bay resident was asked to produce a licence but wouldn't. Instead he provided a proof of age document.

The driver on his red P-plates also produced a blood alcohol content of 0.141%.

Police charged him with driving under the influence and contravening a police direction.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said Mahon's P-plates meant he needed a BAC of zero.

"You're not even close," he said.

Magistrate Tatnell fined him $1000 for both offences and disqualified him from driving for eight months.

Guesstimates fail

MAGISTRATE Graeme Tatnell says it time and time again in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

"You can't estimate what your alcohol content is going to be," he said.

Unfortunately that's exactly what 60-year-old Ronelle Brunjes did.

The Hervey Bay local pleaded guilty to driving in Torquay on June 24 with a BAC of 0.053%.

Mr Tatnell fined her $350 and disqualified her from driving for one month.

Hervey Bay local Liam James White was caught drink-driving by the smallest of margins.

Police intercepted 30-year-old White after his shift at the Torquay Hotel on July 12.

He produced a BAC of 0.052% and was fined $250.

Mr Tatnell disqualified White from driving for one month.

Off road for four months

VINNI Mathew Pulikkottil, of Hervey Bay, was caught in Pialba on June 28 with a BAC of 0.111%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell disqualified 37-year-old Pulikkottil from driving for four months and fined him $750.



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