More than twice the le­gal limit

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A CAN­NON­VALE man who was caught drink driv­ing while more than twice the le­gal limit and did not have a driver’s li­cence, has been fined $1000 and lost his li­cence for six months.

Thomas Mark Kevin Bar­ling, 24, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to driv­ing over the mid­dle al­co­hol limit but un­der the high al­co­hol limit and driv­ing on a li­cence that had been sus­pended for penalty points.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court Bar­ling recorded a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.120 when he was stopped by po­lice on Shute Har­bour Rd at Can­non­vale at 6.50pm on Oc­to­ber 24.

Mr Beamish said Bar­ling told po­lice he had con­sumed eight stub­bies of full strength beer and was trav­el­ling home when he was stopped.

The court heard checks on Bar­ling’s li­cence found it had been sus­pended since Fe­bru­ary 23 for the non-pay­ment of a traf­fic fine.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court, Bar­ling said he was not re­ally aware of what the State Penalty En­force­ment Registry (SPER) which was in charge of the pay­ment of his fine, was.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young fined Bar­ling $650 and dis­qual­i­fied his driver’s li­cence for a fur­ther five months for the drink driv­ing charge.

He was also fined $350 and his lost his li­cence for an­other month for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, although the court did not record a con­vic­tion against him on this charge.

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