Driver fails to give a breath test
A MAN who refused to blow in the breathalyser was charged with the highest level of drink driving in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Friday.
Peter Leslie Gill entered a guilty plea to failing to provide a specimen of breath.
At 4.30pm on June 25 police intercepted Gill on Hampton Drive where he put the device to his mouth but refused to blow.
He was taken back to the police station and also refused to blow in the device.
He was fined $1100 or 14 days in jail and disqualified from driving for nine months with a conviction recorded.
“Because you refused to provide a specimen of breath you have been charged with the highest level of drink driving,” Magistrate Damian Carroll told the defendant.
“If you had blown in the device you may only have had a low reading and faced a lesser charge.”
Also, a man with an extensive traffic history who had never held a license appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on three traffic offences.
Paul Nichlas Daly pleaded guilty to drink driving under 25 years, not displaying L plates and unaccompanied learner driver.
Daly was intercepted at 3.20am on April 18 on Dawson Road.
The 20 year old told police he had drunk four to six rums the night before and was on his way to pick up a relative from Bojangles.
He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.028.
Daly was fined $450 or six days in jail and disqualified from driving for three months.
Meanwhile, a woman who had her licence SPER suspended for failing to pay for a train ticket appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court for driving without a licence.
Maylene Joyce Harrison pleaded guilty to the charge in court and to a charge of failing to change her address on her driver’s licence.
Police intercepted Harrison at 10.30am on June 26 on Blain Drive and she said she had left her licence at home.
The Calliope resident, with a fairly good driving history, was fined $400 or five days in jail and disqualified from driving for one month.