Leu on DUI charge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bianca Kee­gan

DI­VI­SION 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu – who is run­ning for mayor in the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil – will face a mag­is­trate next month af­ter po­lice charged her with drink driv­ing on Oc­to­ber 4.

Coun­cil­lor Leu said she was re­morse­ful for her ‘‘lapse of judg­ment’’ re­gard­ing the drink driv­ing of­fence.

‘‘I have been charged with a traf­fic of­fence of a low- level al­co­hol read­ing of 0.071 and there are no other charges,’’ Ms Leu said.

‘‘I ac­cept with­out reser­va­tion that I have done the wrong thing and will of course ac­cept with­out dis­pute the con­se­quences that will be im­posed by the court.

‘‘I sin­cerely apol­o­gise for my lapse of judg­ment, af­ter 39 years of driv­ing with a clean record.’’

Cr Leu is ex­pected to ap­pear in Moss­man Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 6, three days be­fore the Dou­glas Shire elec­tion.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Tab­ulo said any coun­cil­lors with ‘‘ pend­ing charges’’ were not re­quired by law to no­tify coun­cil.

‘‘Un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act, a per­son with a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion is not el­i­gi­ble to hold pub­lic of­fice – traf­fic of­fences do not gen­er­ally carry a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘If an in­ci­dent oc­curs in a coun­cil­lor’s pri­vate time and does not im­pact the coun­cil­lor’s abil­ity to ful­fil their role, or con­flict with the con­di­tions of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act, coun­cil is not re­quired to take any ac­tion.’’

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