Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

New Year Gets off to a Bad Start

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

New Year Gets off to a Bad Start

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A NEW Yearas drinking bender resulted in a man being caught driving almost four times over the legal alcohol limit on the Bruce Hwy near Maryborough.

Wayne John Stewart, 61, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court, after the case was transferred from Maryborough.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Stewart was intercepted about 3pm on January 2 for a random breath test.

He returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.191, Sgt Stagoll said.

Stewart said he had only consumed four beers on the day in question, but admitted he drank a lot of alcohol the two previous days as part of New Year celebrations.

aThat reading is far too high a you were just a complete danger,a Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said.

Mr Tatnell noted Stewartas previous traffic history was good, however, and said he hoped this offence would be a one-off occurrence.

Stewart was fined $1500 and lost his licence for 14 months.

Caught driving to work over the limit

A MAN who drove to work while over the legal alcohol limit has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrateas Court.

Todd Martin was intercepted for a random breath test in Pialba on January 19.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Martinas blood alcohol reading was 0.072.

Martin told the court he was on his way to work on a night shift when he was intercepted, and he did not believe he had consumed enough alcohol to be over the limit.

aYou canat drink and then estimate your alcohol concentration,a Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told him.

aI deeply regret it,a Martin said.

Mr Tatnell ordered a licence disqualification of two months and a $350 fine.

Twice the limit, five months suspension

A MAN caught driving with double the legal alcohol limit in his system has lost his licence for five months in Hervey Bay.

Benjamin John Sumbar, 21, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to the offence, which occurred on January 13 in Point Vernon.

The court heard Sumbar returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.101 following a random breath test.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Sumbar $600 to go with the licence disqualification.

Driving conviction on a provisional licence

JOHN Robert Fleming has pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to drink driving.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Fleming returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.072 after being intercepted in Torbanlea on December 7.

Sgt Stagoll said Fleming was on a provisional licence at the time, so was required to have no alcohol at all in his system.

Fleming was fined $500 and lost his licence for three months.

P drivers must have zero alcohol reading

A MAN who pleaded guilty to drink driving on a provisional licence has received the minimum licence disqualification in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court. …

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