He tried hard not to blow licence
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.