Magistrate Damien Dwyer advised a man caught drink-driving to check in with his doctor to determine how fast alcohol actually clears the body.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer advised a man caught drink-driving to check in with his doctor to determine how fast alcohol actually clears the body. Bev Lacey

Boozy night leads to trouble for travelling boilermaker

A MAGISTRATE has advised a boilermaker busted drink-driving after a boozy night that he may want to check in with his doctor about how quickly alcohol clears from the body.

Jarn Ross Bell, 43, drew attention to himself on March 18 when he was caught speeding at Main St, Bluff (central Queensland) about 10.45am.

Police breath tested Bell and he failed.

Bell was questioned by police and told them he had drunk an "unknown quantity of schooners" the night before.

Though, Bell claimed he had stopped drinking at midnight.

Bell had been driving to a work camp in Gladstone and "didn't think he was over", prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis told Mackay Magistrates Court. Magistrate Damien Dwyer didn't take that too well during Bell's sentencing for driving over the general alcohol limit in Mackay Magistrates Court on May 11.

That's no surprise, considering the steady flow of drivers who regularly face the court for drink-driving after consuming alcohol the night before.

Defence barrister Patrick Cullinane told Mr Dwyer that Bell, who pleaded guilty, had no similar history.

Mr Cullinane added Bell is based in New South Wales and regularly travels for work in Queensland, and losing his licence would be a harsh blow.

Mr Dwyer urged Bell to visit his "medical practitioner about the dissipation of alcohol" instead of running the gauntlet.

Bell was fined $900, disqualified for three months and no conviction was recorded.


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