Drink driv­ing costs chef

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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