See who has fronted court charged with drink or drug driving. Photo: File
See who has fronted court charged with drink or drug driving. Photo: File

NAMED: Drink and drug drivers busted in Prossie, Airlie

A MAN was found hiding in bushland after driving a car while almost twice the legal limit with a learner licence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told Proserpine Magistrates Court officers were patrolling in Jubilee Pocket when they spotted a car parked at the Whitsunday PCYC that they had seen at a loud house party earlier in the night.

It was 4am on Anzac Day and when police walked around to try and find the driver of the car, they found Daniel Adam O'Connor hiding in bushland.

Sgt Myors said O'Connor admitted to driving to the PCYC with no-one in the car with him and had a flushed face and messy hair.

The L-plater returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.09 per cent and admitted to drinking full-strength beer and then a couple of vodka Cruisers.

O'Connor pleaded guilty to drink-driving while on a learner licence and failing to comply with learner driver requirements.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer noted O'Connor's reading was almost twice what a driver on an open licence was allowed, but the 19 year old held a learner licence.

The Jubilee Pocket man was fined $1100 and disqualified from driving for five months.

The conviction was not recorded.

 

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WOMAN CHARGED DESPITE NOT DRIVING

A Jubilee Pocket woman has been fined and lost her licence despite not technically driving while over the legal limit.

Haley Tui Hazel was charged with being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the limit after she was found in the driver's seat of a car on Coconut Grove in April.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told the court police saw stubbies in the vehicle and keys in the ignition.

She said Hazel, 40, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.094 per cent.

Hazel told the court she was sorry for her actions and had no intention of driving, as she had organised a lift with her partner.

She pleaded guilty to her charge all the same and was fined $710 and disqualified from driving for three months.

The conviction was not recorded.

 

CANNONVALE WOMAN JUST OVER LIMIT

Pauline Elizabeth Toole pleaded guilty to one count of drink-driving this week after police pulled her up in July.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told the court police intercepted the Cannonvale woman on Waterson Way and she returned a reading of 0.054 per cent.

Toole, 56, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for one month. A conviction was not recorded.

Motorists front court for drink-driving. Photo: File
Motorists front court for drink-driving. Photo: File

LETHEBROOK MAN SPENDS NIGHT IN WATCH-HOUSE

An Australian military veteran was twice found driving while more than four times the legal limit in May and June.

David George Campman pleaded guilty at Proserpine Magistrates Court last week to five charges, including two counts of driving under the influence of liquor.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe said witnesses saw Campman drive a motorbike to his Lethebrook home in May and he was later found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.248 per cent.

About a month later in June, police intercepted Campman's motorbike again on the Bruce Highway and a bottle of bourbon fell onto the ground from inside his jacket.

Sen-Constable Rowe said Campman returned a reading of 0.237 per cent.

She said the Lethebrook man had a "substantial traffic history".

Lawyer Peta Vernon appeared for Campman, 61, and told the court he was in the air force for six years, then spent time in the American army and worked in aviation.

His eldest son was killed while serving in Afghanistan at age 19, Ms Vernon said.

Ms Vernon said Campman had struggled with health issues and alcoholism but had engaged with mental health services to a degree and wished to continue his counselling.

Magistrate James Morton said a jail sentence was the only option left for Campman, but wanted a night to think about how long the sentence should be.

Campman spent the night in the watch-house and appeared by video link in Bowen Magistrates Court the next morning.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, but the sentence was immediately suspended and will hang over his head for two years.

Campman was also fined $300 and disqualified from driving for a total of six years and nine months.

Convictions were recorded.

A number of drivers have fronted court for drink driving. Photo: File
A number of drivers have fronted court for drink driving. Photo: File

SAILOR ALMOST THREE TIMES LIMIT

A magistrate says the actions of a Proserpine man are a lesson in what not to do with a restricted licence.

Police pulled up Benjamin Joseph O'Leary, 26, about 3.30am on Jones Rd in July and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.142 per cent.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told Proserpine Magistrates Court last week officers also discovered the man had his licence disqualified in March for nine months and had been given a restricted licence, which meant he was only allowed to drive for work.

O'Leary last week pleaded guilty to drink-driving and failing to comply with a court-ordered restricted licence.

The Proserpine man was fined $1150 and disqualified from driving for a year and five months.

Both convictions were recorded.

 

DRIVER ON ROAD WITH TWO DRUGS IN SYSTEM

Tristan Michael Bernay was found to have methamphetamine and marijuana in his saliva when police pulled him up in April.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe said police intercepted the Woodwark man on the TAFE access road in Cannonvale.

The court heard Bernay admitted to smoking marijuana that morning and had methamphetamine the previous afternoon.

Last week the 23-year-old pleaded guilty to six charges including drug-driving.

Bernay was fined a total of $1700 and disqualified from driving for a year and three months.

The conviction for the drug-driving charge was recorded.


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