Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Brothers in Court after Drink-Driving

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Brothers in Court after Drink-Driving

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IN AN unlikely turn of events, two brothers have faced court on the same day for the same type of offence.

Thomas Edward Punton, 26, and James Thomas Punton, 19, were both picked up for drink-driving, but on different dates.

The older sibling was caught with a blood-alcohol content of 0.157% when police stopped his car outside a party in Wondunna.

Police observed black tyre marks and smoke in the air shortly before they pulled over the white Holden Commodore on August 11.

Thomas Punton, who told the officers he had been drinking bourbon aall daya, said he had just taken the car off his brother, who had been doing burnouts.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted that Punton had a previous drink-driving conviction when he was a P-plater back in 2008.

He told him his reading was so high he wouldn't have been able to make a reasonable decision.

He disqualified Punton's licence for one year and fined him $1250.

The younger Punton's alcohol reading was far lower, but he didn't even have a licence when he was caught driving himself to a Torquay nightclub.

James Punton blew 0.063% after police saw his vehicle being driven aerraticallya about 9.40pm on July 27.

The teenager told police he didn't have a licence and went on to plead guilty to both drink-driving and unlicensed driving in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

aYou can't be driving at all let alone with a concentration of alcohol,a Mr Tatnell told him.

Punton was fined $750 and disqualified from getting a licence for the next six months.

Driver finds no comfort in court

JOHN Francis Higgins drank up to eight Southern Comfort and Cokes on July 26, but decided he'd still be right to drive.

When Higgins was pulled up by police, he told them he knew the legal limit was 0.05%, but he still thought he might still be under.

He was wrong.

Higgins blew 0.087% when he was breath-tested about 7pm that night.

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court and was fined $600.

He also lost his licence for four months.

a[approximately]Respectable' man still cops suspension

DESPITE being labelled a arespectable member of the communitya, Bradley Granfield still copped a lengthy licence disqualification for being over 0.05%.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he'd rather not disqualify Granfield from driving for nine months, but he had no other choice.

Because Granfield, 27, had a previous conviction for failing to submit to a breath test in 2008, that was the shortest disqualification period the magistrate could sentence him to.

aIf I had any option he certainly wouldn't be getting nine months' disqualification,a Mr Tatnell told Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Granfield was caught with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.070% on July 28.

He was convicted and fined $600 along with the loss of his licence. …

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