Sus­pended sen­tence for drink-driver

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 49-YEAR-OLD fa­ther-of-three re­ceived a sus­pended prison sen­tence in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

An­thony Lau­rence Boegheim pleaded guilty to the dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle while ad­versely af­fected by an in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stance, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol while his li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied, fail­ing to sup­ply spec­i­mens of breath and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Shortly af­ter 3.30pm on June 4, po­lice re­ceived re­ports of a sus­pected drink-driver head­ing to­wards Air­lie Beach. A man driv­ing a white util­ity was re­fused ser­vice at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel drive-through bot­tle shop and at 4pm a ve­hi­cle match­ing the de­scrip­tion was in­volved in a traf­fic crash on Shute Har­bour Road near the in­ter­sec­tion with Shin­g­ley Drive.

At 4.30pm po­lice found Boegheim in the driver’s seat of the util­ity with the keys in the ig­ni­tion. He al­legedly slurred his words and was un­steady on his feet. He re­fused to com­ply with re­quire­ments to sup­ply a spec­i­men of breath and he was taken to the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion where he be­came ag­gres­sive and unco-op­er­a­tive to­wards po­lice.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said Boegheim ver­bally abused one of the sergeants be­fore push­ing him in the chest. She also said Boegheim had a his­tory of drink-driv­ing of­fences and sub­mit­ted that a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment should be im­posed.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Sher­rie Meade said Boegheim ad­mit­ted he “used al­co­hol as a crutch” when his per­sonal cir­cum­stances took a turn for the worse.

Ms Meade said Boegheim checked him­self into a clinic on the Gold Coast when he re­alised how se­ri­ous the prob­lem was. She sub­mit­ted that Boegheim had taken se­ri­ous steps to turn his life around.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said while Boegheim had cer­tainly shown some in­sight into the prob­lem, he also posed a sig­nif­i­cant risk to other road users and his his­tory was against him.

Boegheim was sen­tenced to a to­tal pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment of 12 months, wholly sus­pended for two years. For the fail­ure to sup­ply spec­i­mens and as­sault charges, he re­ceived an $880 fine. He was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a to­tal pe­riod of four years and three months. Con­vic­tions were recorded on all counts.

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