Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

71-Year-Old on A[euro][approximately]motorised scootera[euro][TM] Cops Fourth DUI Conviction Judge Warns a[euro][approximately]scootera[euro][TM] Driver

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

71-Year-Old on A[euro][approximately]motorised scootera[euro][TM] Cops Fourth DUI Conviction Judge Warns a[euro][approximately]scootera[euro][TM] Driver

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Byline: Roxanne McCarty-OaKane

AN UNREPENTANT 71-year-old has defended his right to keep driving his awheelchaira, despite a blood-alcohol level four times the legal alcohol limit.

Ray Vivian Hodges, of Buderim, recorded the shocking alcohol reading after police found him sprawled on the ground, mumbling incoherently, beside his overturned scooter at Mooloolaba late last month.

With the aid of a walking stick, Mr Hodges has faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court for what was his fourth drink-driving offence since 2008.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jamie Baker said officers had been called to the corner of Walan St and Smith St about 9.20pm on March 28 and found Mr Hodges lying on the ground half-naked.

aHis motorised scooter was lying on its side and the rider was lying on his back on the side of the road,a Sgt Baker said.

aPOLICE officers had a conversation with him and detected a strong smell of liquor on his breath,a Sgt Baker said.

aHis eyes were glassy and red, he was slurring his speech and he was not wearing a shirt.a

Mr Hodges who admitted consuming 10 large glasses of wine, recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.209.

He said he had ataken offencea at some police allegations, particularly the categorisation of his transport as a vehicle. …

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