Driver be­ing eva­sive

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AN AIR­LIE Beach deck­hand who drove while four times over the le­gal al­co­hol limit told his so­lic­i­tor he hon­estly didn’t see the po­lice of­fi­cers who were try­ing to get him to stop.

Luke Hansen, 29, was seen pulling out of a car park at 3.30am on April 24.

In the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said he looked at po­lice be­fore sud­denly turn­ing left down Shute Har­bour Rd.

Ms Smith said po­lice tracked Hansen down at his Ju­bilee Pocket home at 4.15am when he blew 0.202.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Sarah Smith said Hansen wasn’t or­di­nar­ily a drinker and that at most he would have two to three beers at home with friends.

She said he didn’t see po­lice ask­ing him to stop and that this was well and truly out of char­ac­ter.

Mag­is­trate St­jern­qvist vinced.

“It sounded aw­fully like an evade po­lice to me,” he said.

Hansen was fined a to­tal of $1700 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 13 months.

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