Henry’s final chance
HENRY Houston Johnston was granted a final chance after he faced Childers Magistrates Court last Friday.
Johnston appeared in court because he had been picked up for drink-driving at Nambour on February 18.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover told the court Johnston registered 0.169 after his Holden Commodore was pulled over at about 5.20pm.
It was the latest in long history of traffic offences which included previous drink-driving charges.
When asked by magistrate John Smith why he continued to reoffend, Johnston said he had a problem.
“What are you doing about it?” Mr Smith asked. “Why shouldn’t I send you to jail?”
Johnston said he was taking medication to address the problem, but had stopped treatment as he waited for neck surgery in Brisbane.
“It was set for January 5,” Johnston said, adding it was postponed.
“You can’t say a sore neck forced you to drink,” Mr Smith said.
“One matter is your health issue, the drinking is another issue altogether.”
Johnston said he would not have been drinking had he still been on medication.
Mr Smith took Johnston’s extensive history into account, and repeated the court’s harsh view of drink-driving offences.
The magistrate decided not to send Johnston to jail, but warned him that another offence between now and April 2016 would land him in a cell.
“It’s not a threat, but I’m letting you know the court must impose a penalty,” Mr Smith said.
Johnston was fined $1600 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for 24 months.