Learner driver stops drinking alcohol after being caught

SEAN Russell Muller admits he made a "stupid mistake" and has now stopped drinking alcohol altogether.

Muller pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving on February 5.

The court heard the learner driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.132%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Muller $1000 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

Off the road

WENDY Patricia Brown was caught drink-driving by police in Point Vernon.

Brown pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Wednesday to driving with a BAC of 0.067%.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Brown $250 and disqualified her from driving for one month.

Getting away

HE WAS at a party where violence broke out, so all Bradley Michael Geiger wanted to do was get home.

Geiger pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday to drink-driving on November 13 in Torquay.

The court heard Geiger had a BAC of 0.157%.

Police prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll said Geiger had a BAC of 0.122% in 2009.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said if Geiger continued he was "going to kill someone".

"Is there something you don't understand about drinking and driving?" Mr Tatnell asked.

Geiger was sentenced to four months imprisonment wholly suspended and disqualified from driving for 14 months.

Big regret

DRINKING six stubbies of beer and two types of bourbon didn't stop Darryl Ashley Loader picking up the keys and driving in Point Vernon on March 20.

The 37-year-old was stopped by Hervey Bay police with a BAC of 0.113%.

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

At the bench he stood, sobbing and regretting his actions.

"The decision has cost you enormously," Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said.

Mr Tatnell disqualified Loader from driving for five months and fined him $750.

Just over

HE WAS only just over the alcohol limit.

Steven Peter Davis pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

Davis was breathalysed by police in Pialba on February 26.

He had a BAC of 0.052%.

The court heard Davis had previous drink-driving offences.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Davis $450 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

'Didn't know'

THE common line from drink-drivers presented to Magistrate Graeme Tatnell is they didn't know they were over the limit.

That's what Cheryl Anne White said when she pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink-driving on March 7 in Urraween.

White had a BAC of 0.068%.

Mr Tatnell suggested a system for White to monitor her BAC.

"Drinking, don't drive," he said.

White was disqualified from driving for two months and fined $400.

Caught out

JAIME Royleen Chamberlin almost always uses Dial a Driver when she goes out and drinks alcohol.

However on March 9 she didn't - and police breathalysed her.

Chamberlin pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to driving with a BAC of 0.068%.

She said the experience of being involved with the police had affected her.

"I felt like a criminal," she said.

Chamberlin was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for one month.



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