One step from prison for drink-driver
A MAN who appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with a drink and disqualified driving offence, was warned that one more would land him behind bars.
Brett Allan Noble was fined $1800 and disqualified from driving for three years after pleading guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol in a vehicle that was unregistered and uninsured, while his licence was disqualified by a court. The 43-year-old local resident was pulled over on Tropic Road, Cannonvale at 7.30pm on March 2.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said he had glassy eyes, slurred speech and smelt strongly of alcohol.
He admitted consuming about five bottles of beer from 5-7.30pm. His BAC reading was 0.152 per cent. Police conducted checks revealing that Noble was disqualified from driving for nine months in the Pro- serpine Magistrate’s Court on August 5, 2013. Furthermore, his car’s registration had expired and it was also uninsured.
On Monday, Noble told the court this was the most stupid thing he had ever done in his life.
“I agree with you. And I don’t think you understand the implications of it yet,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist replied.
After imposing the penalties, Mr Stjernqvist explained that this lat- est three-year disqualification was cumulative with the one ordered in 2013. He told Noble he would not be able to drive until May 4, 2017 and that he would be subject to interlock conditions from then until May 4, 2019.
“You commit another offence of driving under the influence [of alcohol] before August 5, 2018, you go to jail, because that’s three in a five year period [and] that’s as blunt as I can put it,” he said.