Man who drove at three times limit loses licence for a year

NOEL Francis Nielsen has lost his licence for a year after pleading guilty to driving at more than three times the blood-alcohol limit.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court heard Nielsen, an aged carer, had a reading of 0.157% when he was stopped on Sussex St at 12.20am on July 6.

His last drink-driving offence was in 1990.

Magistrate John Smith fined him $1000.

Mum blows licence

A MOTHER of six will be without a licence for two months after fronting the Maryborough Magistrates Court on a drink-driving charge.

Police prosecutor Michael Quirk said Jodie Maree James blew 0.066% when police stopped her at 6pm on July 10.

James, a business owner, told the court it was "really poor judgment".

She was fined $300.

Driver fined $300

JEREMY Lix was caught drink-driving on July 15 while unlicensed.

The 33-year-old Hervey Bay man was caught and produced a BAC of 0.03%.

He was fined $200 and disqualified for three months.

Fighting a losing battle with alcohol

A MARYBOROUGH man who has been struggling with a chronic alcohol addiction since he was 15 years old has been sent to prison.

Police prosecutor Michael Quirk told the court 53-year-old Michael James Fry had a reading of 0.207% when police found him sitting in his car on Rocky St on June 24.

While he was not operating the car, the headlights were switched on, he had loud music playing and he could not tell police how he got there.

Sergeant Quirk said on June 28 police were on Alice St when they again spotted Fry behind the wheel.

By the time they caught up with him he had left his car parked in the middle of a nearby road and fled on foot. He eventually surrendered and blew 0.157%.

He was charged not only with drink-driving, but with driving without a licence.

Fry, who had an extensive traffic history in Queensland and Victoria, including three drink-driving offences in the past five years, pleaded guilty to the three charges.

Defence lawyer John Willett said his client had been struggling with alcohol addiction since he was a teenager.

Magistrate John Smith said Fry had left him with no other option than to impose imprisonment.

He will be eligible for parole on October 6.

Drunk on a bike

HERVEY Bay Seagulls fullback Robin Claude Harrison was found riding his bicycle at 1.15am on July 15.

Police observed him wobbling all over the road.

The 26-year-old was celebrating after a rugby league game and produced a BAC of 0.188%.

He was fined $400.

Man fined $980

ON JULY 19, Levi Warren Hardy was caught by police driving under the influence of liquor.

The 20-year-old Hervey Bay man produced a high BAC of 0.170%.

He was fined $980 and disqualified from driving for nine months.

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