Mag­is­trate’s warn­ing that al­co­hol and cars don’t mix

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

“THERE’s no fu­ture in hooning.” This was one of sev­eral warn­ings mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist gave 22-year-old Damian Luke Magee, who pleaded guilty to charges of driv­ing while over the gen­eral al­co­hol limit and with­out due care.

On March 24, at 1.15am, Ma- gee was breathal­ysed af­ter driv­ing a black Holden Com­modore util­ity in Bowen. He ad­mit­ted drink­ing 10 Vodka Cruiser stub­bies over a pe­riod of about seven hours. His BAC read­ing was .059.

The driv­ing with­out due care charge stemmed from an­other in­ci­dent on April 12. At 10.20pm, Proser­pine po­lice were called to a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle traf­fic crash at Midge Point, where a car had col­lided with a power pole. Wit­nesses said they heard an engine revving loudly and tyres screech­ing and saw a ve­hi­cle match­ing Magee’s re­vers­ing away.

At 11.34pm po­lice caught up with Magee at a nearby house. He claimed he had walked back from the lo­cal Tav­ern that night and he de­nied be­ing in­volved in a crash. When ques­tioned about the dam­age to his car, Magee said he had hit a wal­laby. He was ar­rested, taken to the watch house and charged. The court heard he paid $3700 in resti­tu­tion for dam­age to the pole.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted that Mon­day was Magee’s birth­day. “You’ve got to grow up quick, oth­er­wise you’re not go­ing to grow up,” he said.

Mr St­jern­qvist warned Magee that “al­co­hol and cars don’t mix”. He also told him to be “up­front and hon­est” with po­lice.

“They’re used to peo­ple telling them lies and they can tell them a mile away,” he said.

Magee was fined $440 on each count and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months.

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