DUI driver hands himself in
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.