Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sixth and Seventh Time Lucky for Drink-Driver

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sixth and Seventh Time Lucky for Drink-Driver

Article excerpt

DESPITE being caught drink-driving for the sixth and seventh times, an Ipswich man has yet again avoided going to jail.

Michael Anthony Pritchard was breathalysed in June, recording 0.089, and then five months later had another reading of 0.188.

Pritchard's licence had been disqualified by a court and they marked his sixth and seventh offences of drink-driving since 1992, with many of them high readings.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drink-driving, driving under the influence of liquor and two charges of disqualified driving.

He was sentenced to six months jail, wholly suspended for two years, and nine months jail with immediate release on parole.

Pritchard's licence was disqualified for six years and three months.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum told Pritchard she was not letting him off lightly.

C[pounds sterling]I propose to give you a chance,C[yen] Ms MacCallum said.

C[pounds sterling]You might think you're doing very well by leaving here today but this is a hard road ahead. …

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