Three times over limit

A MAN more than three times the legal limit appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a high-level drink-driving charge.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds told the court police saw a car driving at 4.25am on August 1 and intercepted it on Yarroon Street.

The driver was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot eyes.

The defendant had a blood alcohol reading of 0.176. Benjamin John Cook, who represented himself, said he took responsibility for his actions.

“It was a very high reading and you would have known you were over the limit,” Magistrate Damian Carroll said.

“Your capability to drive would have been severely impeded and you would have been a significant risk to yourself and other road users.”

Cook was fined $1400 or 18 days jail. He was disqualified from driving for ten months and had a conviction recorded.

Meanwhile, a man who felt fine the morning after his going-away party pleaded guilty to drink driving on Friday.

Robert James McDonald was intercepted by police at 11.01am on August 22 with a blood alcohol reading of 0.063. It was his second drink driving offence in five years.

Defence solicitor Brad Krebs said his client was co-operative and regretful of his actions.

The scaffolder was fined $200 or three days jail with a conviction recorded. He was disqualified from driving for one month.

“It was a very low range reading,” Mr Carroll said.

Also in court, a woman who had four glasses of wine at a wine tasting night faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a drink driving charge.

Shauna Jane Taylor pleaded guilty to the offence.

Snr Const Reynolds said at 12.08am on August 15 Taylor had a blood alcohol reading of 0.135. Defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman said her client had a very good traffic history.

“She is very ashamed and this is not her normal standard of behaviour.”

Magistrate Carroll fined the defendant $1000 or 13 days in jail and disqualified her from driving for seven months.



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