Man fined for breath test refusal

A MAN who refused to provide a breath test appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on two charges of failing to provide specimen of breath.

Jason Leigh Carroll pleaded guilty to the offences which occurred on July 15 in Normanton.

Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police intercepted Carroll at 1.45am.

When police asked him to blow in the breathalyser he placed his lips on the device but blew out of his nose not registering a reading.

He did the same thing when asked to try again. He was detained and taken to the police station where once again he failed to provide a reading.

“He said he was short of breath and couldn’t blow. Police gave him two chances and he was then arrested,” Const Daubaras said.

The defendant, who represented himself, said he offered to do a blood test but police denied his offer. Carroll was fined $1500 or 20 days jail and disqualified from driving for nine months with a conviction recorded.

Meanwhile a woman who was shocked to still be over the limit the next day appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a drink driving charge.

Amanda Jane Palmer was intercepted by police at 8.39am on July 25 on the Dawson Highway at Calliope while she was driving her son to work. She had a blood alcohol reading of 0.072 and had been drinking the night before.

Palmer, who defended herself, said she didn’t realise she would still be over the limit at that time of day.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said it was her third drink driving offence in eight years and the second within five years. Palmer was fined $500 or seven days in jail. She was disqualified from driving for three months.



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