Four tries at breath test after 15 beers
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.