Drink-driver makes passionate statement in court
A man moments away from a drink-driving conviction read a passionate statement to a Gladstone acting magistrate on Monday.
Kieran James Barber, 31, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to drink-driving before Acting Magistrate John Milburn.
On December 19 last year, police intercepted Barber driving on Malvern Ave at Tieri.
Barber returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.054.
Police prosecutor Carl Spargo said Barber was cooperative with police throughout the duration of the incident and had no relevant history of a like nature in the past five years.
When Mr Milburn asked Barber if he had anything to say in regards to penalty or personal history, Barber read a brief statement to the court.
“I have a young son and feel very strongly about the effects of drink-driving,” Barber said at the end of his statement.
Mr Milburn fined Barber $350 and disqualified him from driving for one month.
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