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Mobility scooter driver charged twice after night on booze

THE bad luck just kept coming for a Gympie man when he found out his mobility scooter wasn't what he thought it was.

Shane Andrew Conway was heading to his mother's house after a boozy night at the Railway Hotel.

The 34-year-old, who rides a mobility scooter because he needs a hip reconstruction, turned the scooter on its side outside the hotel about 7.50pm on September 17.

Passing police stopped and helped him right the scooter, but that's about as far as his good luck went.

Police charged him for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for not having a licence.

Conway had a roadside breath test and recorded 0.220% - four times the limit.

Conway attended Gympie police station on his scooter the next morning and police charged him a second time with driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and driving unlicensed.

A breath test showed a blood-alcohol reading of 0.069% - still over the limit. His scooter was impounded.

He pleaded guilty to eight charges and was fined a total of $730, given six months' probation and disqualified from obtaining a licence for 12 months.

Topics:  disability drink driving mobility scooter uninsured



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