Shifting car for Dial-A-Driver was a mistake

TY ANDREW Rieck had done the right thing by dialling a driver after a night of drinking in Torquay - but then he made a blunder.

The 37-year-old man decided to move his car to make it easier for Dial-A-Driver to find him.

Police watched as the Hervey Bay man mounted a kerb on February 27.

He was breathalysed and had a BAC of 0.134%.

He pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Wednesday to drink-driving.

The court heard Rieck was forced to resign from his job.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell was satisfied the offence was out of character.

Rieck was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for three months.

Last chance

AN ELDERLY alcoholic has had his final warning after committing his fourth drink-driving offence.

On January 21, 74-year-old Alistair John McLean was caught driving with a BAC of 0.138%. He pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, and was described as an alcoholic.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said it would be hard to save the Scarness man from prison if he offended again.

"You get rid of the car before you end up in the Maryborough Correctional Centre," he said.

McLean was fined $1500 and disqualified for two years.

Well over limit

A 29-YEAR-old man has pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

Oakhurst resident Matthew Alfred Jensen was stopped by Hervey Bay Police on March 2.

He had a BAC of 0.115%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Jensen $1000 and disqualified him from driving for eight months.

Penalty of $450

A POLICE random breath test has caught Pacific Haven resident Paul Martin Wallis while over the limit.

On March 1 Wallis, born in 1957, was caught with a BAC of 0.072%.

He pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

"I'd accept it's not in your nature to drink and drive motor vehicles," Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said.

Wallis was fined $450 and disqualified from driving for two months.

Boss not happy

MAGISTRATE Graeme Tatnell had had enough when Sam Braydon Finlay pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

"Every Wednesday I have to sit here and put up with- (drink-driving) appearances," he said.

Finlay, born in 1994, was caught on February 22 in Pialba with a BAC of 0.113%,

The North Maclean resident is on a P2 licence meaning his BAC should have been zero.

Finlay has already received some grief over the offence from his employer.

"They're not happy at all with me," he said.

Mr Tatnell fined Finlay $750 and disqualified him from driving for four months.



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