Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

56 Years Clear, Now a Ban

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

56 Years Clear, Now a Ban

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Byline: Stuart Cumming

THE hangover from Christmas party drinks has continued for three people who fronted court charged with driving while affected by liquor.

While the circumstances of their drinking may have been similar, there was a noticeable difference in the penalties imposed on Glenys Margaret Holmes, 47, Brendan Shaun Hill, 21 and John Gerald Sullivan, 73.

Holmes pleaded guilty to having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.166% when stopped by police on Ruthven St about 3.10am on December 1 last year.

The seriousness of her offence was intensified when nine minutes after being released from the watch house, she was seen by police getting in her vehicle and driving away.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Al Windsor said Holmes was stopped at 8.55am and then recorded a reading of 0.053%.

By driving, she had disobeyed a suspension of her licence incurred by the initial offence.

Her defence lawyer Chris Neville said his client was a widow who lived at Cabarlah and relied heavily on her licence to travel to work as well as for transporting her two children, aged 12 and 17.

Mr Neville said she had offered to drive a colleague on the night who, for reasons unclear, was not able to take a taxi.

Holmes' strong work history and involvement in managing her son's rugby league football team was also mentioned.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted she had tried to be a good Samaritan in committing the offence.

Mr Schemioneck then fined her $2000 and disqualified her from driving for nine months for the initial charge and three months for the second charge.

He then added a further two years, the mandatory sentence, for driving while suspended, which took the total disqualification to three years.

Army veteran Sullivan represented himself for the drink driving reading of 0. …

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