Driver’s boat load of booze

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A “TAL­ENTED” mine su­per­in­ten­dent has lost his job af­ter he was busted for high range drink-driv­ing fol­low­ing a boozy day out on a mate’s boat.

Matthew Charles Ward (32) blew 0.224 – more than four times the le­gal limit – when he was pulled over about 9.45pm on August 1 in North Fre­man­tle.

Ward pleaded guilty in Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trate’s Court on August 28 to drink-driv­ing – his sec­ond con­vic­tion for that of­fence – and was sen­tenced to a $1600 fine and 18-month li­cence dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

How­ever, Ward’s lawyer said he would ul­ti­mately pay the heav­ier price of be­ing sacked from the Tom Price mine where he worked.

She said Ward had not planned to drink on the day of the boat trip and later “made the stupid de­ci­sion to drive home” when he was un­able to get an Uber.

Mag­is­trate Peter Malone de­scribed that de­ci­sion as

“quite dis­grace­ful” given the state that Ward, who he said was “ob­vi­ously a tal­ented guy”, was in at the time. “He must have been speak­ing left-handed,” Mr Malone said.

De­spite his stern words Mr Malone told Ward he was “not go­ing to throw the key away” and im­posed the min­i­mum sen­tence.

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