Drink driver didn’t learn from loss
A MAN has lost his licence for eight years due to drink driving, despite having lost his brother in 2005 when an intoxicated driver hit him.
Adam John Rea, 33, was caught drink driving and without a licence in Mundubbera on February 22.
That evening police observed a vehicle swerving on Mundubbera-Durong Rd.
Rea recorded a 0.176 blood alcohol reading and was without a licence due to it being disqualified.
His defence lawyer, John Willett, said Rea’s history was consistent with his client self-medicating with alcohol.
He said Rea was trying to turn his life around and had co-operated with police.
“He has had tragedy in his life,” MrWillett said.
“He knows the danger he put other road users at as his brother was hit by a vehicle that was driven by an intoxicated driver in 2005.”
Rea was undergoing rehabilitation and had an extensive support network when he was arrested, Mr Willett said.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said Rea’s relapse was regrettable and took into account his early plea.
She also noted significant time had passed since his last offence and that because it was more than five years Rea was saved from going to jail.