Drink driving costs chef
TWO beers and a hungry tummy led to a $400 fine and a one-month driving ban for a local chef charged with driving over the general alcohol limit.
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard on Monday how Alan Pointon had only just arrived in the area having driven from NSW to a new life following a divorce.
“I hadn’t been drinking for 10 years and I was offered a drink where I was staying,” Pointon told the court.
He earlier admitted to police he had drunk two stubbies of beer before being stopped on Waterson Way, Airlie Beach, at 12.30am on August 12. He recorded a reading of 0.066.
“I was hungry – I didn’t think I was over the limit,” he said, adding that if he lost his licence it would make it really difficult for him to get to his job as a breakfast chef.
Magistrate Simon Young said it was an “error of judgement” and disqualified Pointon for the minimum allowable period of one month and fined him $400 with a conviction recorded.