One step from prison for drink-driver

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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