Man six times over limit was going for smokes

GREGORY Schedny fronted Gladstone Magistrates Court last week after driving along Sun Valley Rd more than six times over the legal limit.

Prosecutor Merilyn Hoskins told the court police pulled Schedny over at 6.45pm on December 30.

"The defendant appeared to be dozy and when questioned he admitted he had been drinking. He then provided a blood alcohol reading of 0.327."

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said the 58-year-old was going to buy cigarettes.

"It was a huge error of judgment on his behalf," he said.

"My client thinks it was a good omen he was intercepted because he could have injured someone."

Magistrate Penelope Hay groaned at that in the courtroom in agreement.

She then told the court he was fortunate to be noticed by police.

"I believe a fine remained the appropriate penalty," she said.

"After your 18 month disqualification you will be subject to an interlock device on your vehicle." 

Schedny was fined $1500 and his licence was disqualified for 18 months.



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