Unlicensed drink-driver arrested

AN UNLICENSED man caught drink-driving at Glenwood has been jailed for six months for traffic and property offences.

Bradley John Stone, 20, appeared in custody in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to face charges of drink-driving, unlicensed driving, contravening a direction and three counts of enter a premises and commit an indictable offence.

He was arrested by Tiaro police when they pulled him over at Glenwood for a breath test on November 26.

Stone’s alcohol concentration was just .051 but he was also unlicensed, gave police a false name and was wanted for break-ins of two Kingaroy businesses.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Stone broke into Hams panelbeating shop on January 10 and stole about $2000.

A week later he struck the same business again and stole cash, paint and panelbeating equipment.

On February 3 he cut the locks at the front gate of the Kingaroy tip, cut the lock on the office security door and stole a laptop.

Stone pleaded guilty to all the charges. The court heard Stone had a terrible traffic history, previous burglary convictions, had breached probation and community service orders and had $9056 in unpaid fines.

Defence solicitor Tamara Kurle said Stone was remorseful for his actions and had fallen in with the wrong crowd but Sgt Quirk called for a jail term because of Stone’s extensive history.

Magistrate John Smith agreed that Stone had persistently offended and breached court orders and sentenced him to three 18-month jail terms, to be served concurrently.

A parole release date was set for May 27.

Stone was also fined $1325 and disqualified from driving for 10 months.

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