Big night of excess ends in court date
A 23-YEAR-old man who passed out in the back of a police vehicle after he was caught driving almost five times over the legal alcohol limit and almost 20km over the speed limit, has been placed on a combined probation and community service order.
Lester John Phillip Riley appeared in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to one count each of drive under the influence, disobeying the speed limit and driving without red P plated fitted.
Prosecutor Sergeant Karen Equinox told the court police had been conducting patrols between Kuranda and Koah when they recorded a vehicle travelling 119km/h in the 100km/h zone.
She said police saw the vehicle veer from side to side and speed up then slow down.
When pulled over, police noticed Riley to be extremely drunk and smell of liquor.
Checks showed he held a P1 licence but did not have any red P plates displayed on the car.
Sgt Equinox said police then conducted a roadside breath test where Riley returned a reading of 0.240 per cent, the highest reading that can be recorded on the breathalyser.
As a result he was placed in the back of the police vehicle, where he then passed out and was unable to be woken by officers.
Police contacted the ambulance who transported Riley to the hospital and a blood test showed he had an alcohol concentration of 0.289 per cent.
When spoken to, Riley said he couldn’t remember what he had been drinking.
Solicitor Dave Anderson told the court Riley had attended a party and it was “extremely serious offences and Mr Riley realises that now”.
Magistrate Tom Braes said Riley’s offended warranted a custodial sentence given his manner of driving and his alcohol reading.
He disqualified Riley from holding a licence for two years.
Mr Braes also issued a combined 18-month probation order and 100-hour community service order, which must be completed within 12 months.