Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Sacked after Drink-Driving in a Work Car

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Sacked after Drink-Driving in a Work Car

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Byline: Bruce Mckean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

PETER O'Hanlon was drunk when he drove a company car home from work at Nebo.

So under his company's zero-tolerance policy he was sacked.

He was in further trouble when he faced the Mackay Magistrate's Court on Monday because he was on a suspended jail sentence when he was caught drink-driving and a conviction may activate the suspended sentence.

O'Hanlon, 30, of Nebo, pleaded guilty to drink-driving (0.134 per cent), driving unaccompanied on a learner's permit, and driving with no L plates on display, all on Oxford Street in Nebo on June 25.

Police stopped him for a random breath test at 10pm on a Friday night, prosecutor Senior Sergeant Matt Saunders told the court.

He said to police he had consumed alcohol and was distraught when he told he would be arrested.

O'Hanlon had told police he was taking the company car home for the night so he could get to work in the morning. …

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