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