Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Not Quite an Emergency

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Not Quite an Emergency

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aTAKE a seat, if you can find one,a Magistrate Graham Hillan told a packed public gallery last Wednesday, as the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court overflowed.

The first to appear was John Anthony Kann, whose tale of woe fell ajust short of driving for an emergency reasona according to his solicitor, John Milburn.

Mr Milburn told the court his client awas in unbearable pain which made him almost physically sicka from dental problems when he decided to drive himself to hospital on April 6.

Unfortunately for Kann, 37, he did not have a licence at the time and was also over the blood alcohol limit.

He pleaded guilty to both charges, while Mr Milburn also submitted a medical certificate and reference from Kann's employer.

The court heard Kann's

BAC was 0.025, well over the

0.000 required for an unlicensed driver.

Mr Hillan ordered $800 in fines for both offences and disqualified Kann from holding a licence for six months.

Work licence only

AN ELECTRICAL contractor was able to keep his licence for work-related purposes only after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard Benjamin Keith Mussig, 30, could not operate his business without a licence, and Magistrate Graham Hillan allowed a restricted work licence due to Mussig's clean traffic history.

It was Mussig's first drink-driving offence.

Mussig returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.105 on April 15 in Kawungan.

Mr Hillan fined him $550 and ordered his licence be restricted for work only for six months.

Drunk pushbike rider

A WOMAN learned a valuable lesson about drink-driving when she appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court last week.

Gwendaline Braid, 43, told the court she adidn't know it was an offence to ride a bikea while intoxicated, but she learned the hard way that it was, pleading guilty to driving aa vehicle other than a motor vehicle under the influencea. …

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