WA man thought .08 was the limit

A MAN who had just moved to Gladstone from Western Australia thought the drink driving limit in Queensland was 0.08.

Leslie James Harling pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Friday.

Up until recently the limit in Western Australia was 0.08 but it changed to 0.05 late last year.

Harling was intercepted by police at 8.35pm on June 9 on Booth Avenue at Tannum Sands.

He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.063 and he told police he had drunk two stubbies and two pots from 7pm and thought he would be under the limit of 0.08.

Harling had no prior history.

Harling was fined $175 or two days jail with a one month disqualification from driving.

“It was a genuine mistake,” Magistrate Damian Carroll told the defendant.

Also, a man who only reported sporadically to his probation officer had his probation revoked and replaced with a fine.

Michael William Fleming pleaded guilty to breach of probation in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday.

Probation Officers asked for his probation and community service orders to be revoked after unsatisfactory compliance with the orders.

The defendant had only completed just over 50 per cent of his community service.

The original conviction was for an assault offence.

Duty Lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was a 23-year-old father who worked two jobs five days a week.

“I submit to convert his probation and community service to a fine instead,” he said.

Fleming was fined $800 or 11 days in jail.



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