Man wanted to ‘get away’ from bad influences
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.