Four tries at breath test af­ter 15 beers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT TOOK Peter John Cook four at­tempts to blow into a ma­chine that told po­lice he was more than four times over the legal limit to drive.

The 38-year-old fa­ther of two was pulled over in a ma­roon Holden Com­modore sedan on Fair­weather Dr, Can­non­vale at 1.15am on May 8.

On Mon­day morn­ing the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court was told Cook ad­mit­ted driv­ing af­ter drink­ing 15 stub­bies of XXXX Sum­mer beer.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said he had pre­vi­ous his­tory of drink-driv­ing, out- side the five-year limit more by “good luck than good man­age­ment”.

In his de­fence, the court heard Cook had made the “fool­ish de­ci­sion” to drive a friend home and was em­bar­rassed and re­morse­ful for what he had done.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist was also told Cook, a mine worker, would most likely lose his job.

Mr St­jern­qvist said de­spite Cook’s his­tory, pri­son was not manda­tory.

Cook was fined $1200 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 10 months.

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