Drink driver didn’t learn from loss

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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