Driver four times over the limit

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

“THANK God I didn’t hurt any­body,” Tony Michael Van Iersel told Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court.

His com­ments came as he pleaded guilty to a charge of driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

It was blow­ing more than four times over the legal limit that landed Van Iersel in court.

On April 30 at 4.50pm, po­lice no­ticed a white Hyundai Ac­cent driv­ing er­rat­i­cally on Shute Har­bour Rd, Ju­bilee Pocket.

The driver, Van Iersel, told the of­fi­cers he’d con­sumed four drinks of white wine be­tween 1 and 4pm. His read­ing was 0.232. “I’d just done a three­month re­hab course,” he said, ad­mit­ting, “I’ve got a drink­ing prob­lem”.

Van Iersel was fined $1400 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 15 months.

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