Man wanted to ‘get away’ from bad in­flu­ences

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AF­TER mov­ing to the Whit­sun­days to start afresh, Dy­lan Scott MacDou­gal in­stead ended up breaching a suspended jail sen­tence.

MacDou­gal was sen­tenced in Oc­to­ber 2012 to three months’ jail wholly suspended for two years.

The pe­riod of sus­pen­sion was ex­tended for an­other six months, to April 30 this year, af­ter he was caught pro­duc­ing danger­ous drugs.

On April 8, po­lice stopped a car at 6.10am in Ju­bilee Pocket fol­low­ing re­ports of hooning.

The driver, MacDou­gal, ad­mit­ted he had drunk three cans of bour­bon and cola be­tween 8–10.30pm the night be­fore. His blood al­co­hol read­ing was 0.64%, pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self, MacDou­gal pleaded guilty to lowrange drink-driv­ing, as well as an out­stand­ing drug-driv­ing mat­ter that oc­curred in 2013 in Surfers Par­adise.

MacDou­gal told Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist he had come to Air­lie Beach to “get away” from the city and bad in­flu­ences.

Mr St­jern­qvist said he was start­ing to think there was an “un­der­ground tun­nel” be­tween South­port and the Whit­sun­days for “peo­ple who are in trou­ble”.

MacDou­gal’s suspended sen­tence had since lapsed, but the two of­fences were com­mit­ted while it was still op­er­a­tional, the court was told.

The 32-year-old was fined $660 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a to­tal of five months on the drug and drink-driv­ing mat­ters.

Mr St­jern­qvst ex­tended the suspended sen­tence for an­other month un­til May 30.

MacDou­gal has also been charged with al­legedly pos­sess­ing danger­ous drugs on An­zac Day this year in Air­lie Beach.

If con­victed this would be a third breach of the suspended sen­tence.

This mat­ter was ad­journed to May 25 at MacDou­gal’s re­quest so he could seek legal ad­vice.

He ad­mit­ted he had driven to court that morn­ing but said he planned to catch a bus home af­ter his ap­pear­ance.

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