DUI driver hands him­self in

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ALAN Richard Roche was brought to court in po­lice cus­tody charged with two counts of breach­ing bail. He also pleaded guilty to the orig­i­nal of­fences of be­ing drunk in charge of a ve­hi­cle, driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, fail­ing to pro­vide spec­i­mens as re­quired and driv­ing while his li­cence was sus­pended.

At 1.50am on Novem­ber 19, 2011, Goondi­windi Po­lice found Roche slumped in the front of a white Ford Fal­con on Race­course Road. There were pud­dles of urine and vomit at the scene and an­other man asleep in the back. Roche was de­scribed as unco-op­er­a­tive with po­lice and he re­fused to sup­ply a spec­i­men of breath.

The 30-year-old Ir­ish national was ar­rested and later re­leased from the Goondi­windi Po­lice Sta­tion af­ter his li­cence was sus­pended.

At 6.52am that same day, Roche was seen driv­ing a white Ford Fal­con on the wrong side of Mar­shall Street, to­wards on­com­ing traf­fic. Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said he turned the car into a gut­ter and on see­ing po­lice, jumped out of the driver’s seat, threw the keys to the pas­sen­ger and leapt into the back seat. On this oc­ca­sion he re­turned a BAC read­ing of .136.

Roche ap­par­ently had very lit­tle mem­ory of the night’s events. He was un­sure of what or how many drinks he had con­sumed. His charges were due to be heard in the Goondi­windi Court on De­cem­ber 13, 2011, but he failed to show up. At 10.42am on July 21, 2013, he handed him­self in at the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion. He told po­lice he had se­cured a new job and left the area.

Roche was fined a to­tal of $2,530 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a to­tal of two-and-a-half years.

The court heard he had over­stayed his two-year visa and would be re­turn­ing to Ire­land where the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions would not ap­ply.

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