Suspended sentence for drink-driver
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.