He tried hard not to blow li­cence

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

A DRUNK driver has added an­other 12 months to his li­cence dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter re­fus­ing a breath test.

Ton­gala abat­toir worker Jack Wade-Bray Hunter, 21, pleaded guilty in Echuca Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day to drunk driv­ing, re­fus­ing to ac­com­pany po­lice for an ev­i­den­tiary breath test and driv­ing while sus­pended.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Chris Jones said po­lice stopped Hunter in An­nes­ley St at 1.25am on Fe­bru­ary 14 for a rou­tine check.

A breath test in­di­cated the pres­ence of al­co­hol, so he was asked to ac­com­pany po­lice to the sta­tion for an ev­i­den­tiary test.

‘‘He said ‘do I have to come? Can’t I just keep go­ing home’?’’ he said.

‘‘Fi­nally he ac­com­pa­nied po­lice to the Echuca po­lice sta­tion.’’

He recorded a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of 0.12 and his li­cence was im­me­di­ately sus­pended.

Two months later, at 1.20am on April 17, Hunter was stopped by po­lice in Kyabram for a rou­tine check.

This time he re­fused to ac­com­pany po­lice for an ev­i­den­tiary breath test.

‘‘His rea­son for driv­ing was ‘‘I had to get some cash out’’,’’ Snr Con­sta­ble Jones said.

Mag­is­trate Michael King said his drunk driv­ing con­vic­tion would see his li­cence dis­qual­i­fied for 12 months, but a re­fusal was two years. ‘‘Why did you refuse?’’ he said. Hunter, who rep­re­sented him­self, said he didn’t know.

‘‘I al­ready knew I was go­ing to lose it,’’ he said.

Dr King said drunk driv­ing was one of the ma­jor causes of fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries on the road.

‘‘Al­co­hol and driv­ing do not mix,’’ he said.

‘‘You put your­self and oth­ers at risk. In the first in­stance you did and the sec­ond re­fusal sug­gests you had con­sumed a sig­nif­i­cant amount of al­co­hol.’’

Dr King fined him $1200 with­out con­vic­tion and put him off the road for two years.

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