Cock­tail mix-up

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - Derek Zomer

IT TOOK two months for a lawyer to be sent a Work­place Pol­icy of an em­ployer for one of his clients fac­ing a li­cence dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­riod for a drink-driv­ing charge.

Thomas Aitchi­son, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of drink-driv­ing in the Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 15.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Clancy Fox said po­lice in­ter­cepted Aitchi­son for an RBT af­ter he was driv­ing along Queen El­iz­a­beth Dr about 1am on June 25.

Mr Fox said Aitchi­son told po­lice he’d had two beers and a Long Is­land Iced Tea, not real­is­ing the al­co­holic con­tent of the cock­tail.

Aitchi­son’s lawyer, Rowan King, said the BAC re­sult of 0.106 was a sur­prise to his client who ex­pressed em­bar­rass­ment that he found he was over the limit.

A Long Is­land Iced Tea con­tains a mix­ture of vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin and a splash of cola.

Aitchi­son had his li­cence im­me­di­ately sus­pended and has been le­gally un­able to drive since June 25.

He has worked for air­ports in the Cen­tral Queens­land re­gion for seven years – the only job he’s ever had.

This job has re­quired Aitchi­son to be able to drive to and from his work­place, and be­tween ter­mi­nals as far north as Townsville.

Mr King said he had tried con­tact­ing var­i­ous staff mem­bers of his client’s com­pany to as­cer­tain if Aitchi­son would lose his job if he was un­able to drive for work pur­poses.

He said it took two months to get a re­sponse which came in the form of a Work­place Pol­icy, no ac­tual writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion that would as­sist the court in a re­stricted li­cence for work pur­poses.

Mr King said the pol­icy im­plied Aitchi­son would lose his job if he was un­able to drive.

Mag­is­trate Cameron Press found in his favour, grant­ing him a re­stricted li­cence for a four-month pe­riod as the man held no prior crim­i­nal record and had com­plied with all de­mands so far.

The li­cence will per­mit him to op­er­ate Class C ve­hi­cles from his home to his work­place, and for the pur­poses of that work, and re­quires him to main­tain a log book of all his driv­ing.

Thomas was also fined $700.

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