Stint in jail could be next
A SERIAL hoon had his car impounded for three months and was lucky to escape a jail term after being caught drink-driving and hooning twice within two months.
Matthew John Reid was caught driving under the influence of alcohol at Gin Gin on December 22.
He attracted the attention of police because he was doing burnouts in a supermarket carpark.
Reid had an alcohol concentration of 0.162 and was driving unlicensed.
A month later he was caught hooning around the streets of Maryborough.
Patrolling police saw Reid doing burnouts on Pallas Street.
He turned into Degilbo Street and police followed but were met with a thick cloud of smoke from Reid’s car.
He was still doing burnouts when the smoke cleared enough for police to see ahead of them.
A roadside breath test was positive – a further test at the station showed a reading of .111.
He was driving an unregistered and uninsured car and was still unlicensed.
Reid, 27, appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to all charges.
The court heard Reid had two previous drink-driving convictions. He blew 0.10 in 2006 and 0.071 in 2001.
Magistrate John Smith told Reid he was “sitting on a barbed wire fence” and one more offence would mean a stint in jail.
Reid was fined $1700 and ordered off the road for 18 months for the incident at Gin Gin.
He was fined a further $3500 and disqualified from driving for 30 months for the Maryborough offences.
His car was impounded for three months.