Man blows 0.135 while tak­ing sick part­ner home

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A DRIVER who recorded more than twice the le­gal blood al­co­hol limit has been fined $750 and lost his li­cence for seven months.

Na­tion An­thony Te­ich­mann, 29, of Broughton, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court last week to driv­ing while over the mid-range al­co­hol limit.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court Te­ich­mann recorded a blood al­co­hol con­tent of 0.135 when he was stopped by po­lice on Water­son Way, Air­lie Beach, at 11.45pm on De­cem­ber 7.

Te­ich­mann told po­lice at the time he had drunk about 10 schooners of beer at an Air­lie Beach bar since 4pm.

The court heard he told po­lice he drove be­cause his part­ner was sick and he wanted to get her home from the bar.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court, Te­ich­mann said driv­ing that night was a “lapse of judg­ment” and he “shouldn’t have done it”.

In hand­ing down his sen­tence, mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said the read­ing was “well and truly into mid-range” drink-driv­ing.

“There was a sig­nif­i­cant risk of in­jury to other road users,” Mr Young said as he sen­tenced Te­ich­mann.

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