Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Cleaning Antics a Dead Giveaway

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Cleaning Antics a Dead Giveaway

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A MAN spotted drunkenly washing the windscreens of other people's cars at a service station pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor last week.

But Anthony Edward Gosbee had not even started the engine when the offence occurred.

After being tipped off by the service station operator who saw him behaving oddly, police found 46-year-old Gosbee snoring in the driver's seat of his car on October 7 with the ignition lights on and the keys in his pocket.

His bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and unsteadiness led them to conduct a breath-test which came back at 0.18%.

Gosbee told the court he had left after getting drunk and arguing with his partner, and was sleeping in his car. He did not realise he could get booked for drink-driving without the engine started, but accepted the charges even though he had lost his job as a result.

Magistrate John Smith said given the nature of the offence and the hardship it had caused, he would keep the penalty to the minimum of a $1500 fine. He imposed a nine month disqualification period.

Drunken trip in boat results in $400 fine

A BOYS' weekend turned sour for one of the lads when he took his boat for a spin while twice the legal limit.

Graham Anthony Axelson, 49, was on an annual camping trip with his mates and had been drinking hard the night before he hopped into his boat on the Great Sandy Strait.

He was picked up by water police at 10.30am on October 16 with a BAC of 0.109%.

The self-employed mechanic admitted he should not have been in the boat but had no similar offences on his traffic history.

He was convicted and fined $400, but did not lose his driver's licence because the offence took place on the water.

Driver didn't wait long enough

JASON Andrew Sanderson waited until lunch time to set out on a trip, after a night of heavy drinking.

But it was not long enough for all the alcohol to leave his system, as he blew 0.078% when he went through a roadside breath-test on September 10. …

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