Driver’s boat load of booze
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.