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10-month ban for drunk motorist found hanging out of car

ROAD BLITZ: Police are always conducting random roadside tests.
ROAD BLITZ: Police are always conducting random roadside tests.

A MAN who was so drunk he was found on the side of the road with his legs hanging out of the driver's side door with vomit over himself has lost his licence.

Barach Chol Dau, 25, pleaded guilty last Thursday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drink driving on October 10, last year at Swanbank.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston told the court police were patrolling Redbank Plains Rd about 11.45pm when they came across Dau's vehicle.

She said he subsequently registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.221 - nearly five times the legal limit.

Dau's legal representative told the court he had been drinking with his cousin when he learnt a close family member had died suddenly.

They said Dau tried calling his wife to tell her but she did not answer and stupidly he got behind the wheel.

The court heard Dau's wife had just given birth to a child and he worked full-time during the week and part-time at weekends to support his family.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess fined Dau $850 and disqualified him from driving for 10 months.

She also ordered his vehicle be fitted with an interlock device before he was eligible to re-apply for a new licence.

 

P-plater earns $1200 fine and disqualification

P-PLATER Shannon Robert Avgoulis pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drink driving on November 23 - his third conviction in as many years.

The court heard Avgoulis was pulled over about 8.10pm for a random breath test on River Rd, Bundamba where he registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.082.

He told the court he had an argument with his partner and decided to leave the house before it escalated further.

Avgoulis was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for four months. He was warned if he was caught drink driving again it would result in actual jail time.

 

Court told offender had shocking traffic history

SHANE Andrew Martin pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court last week to drink driving on December 11 at Ipswich.

The court heard Martin was pulled over on Darling St where he registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.125 - nearly three times the legal limit.

Magistrate Stuart Shearer said Martin had a shocking traffic history and had recently served a jail sentence for an earlier drink-driving, unlicensed and disqualified driving offence.

Martin was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for nine months.

 

Drug driver cops $500 fine and one-month ban

BREANNA Daphney Potter pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving after being pulled over on August 31 at Brassall.

The court heard Potter registered a positive roadside reading for methamphetamines.

She was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for one month.

 

Driver apologises to public and court system

TROY Anderson Thomsen pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court last week to drug driving on August 12 at Redbank Plains.

The court heard Thomsen was pulled over on Redbank Plains Rd where he registered a positive result for cannabis.

Thomsen said he was sorry to the public and the court system, and he would put some more thought into things in the future.

Magistrate Stuart Shearer told him the first thought he should have was not to smoke cannabis full-stop. Thomsen was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for one month.

 

Decided to take a drive after smoking a joints

P-PLATER Brendan John Tronc pleaded guilty last week in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving after being pulled over on October 8 at Boonah.

The court heard police were conducting random tests on Macquarie St where Tronc registered a positive reading for cannabis.

Tronc told the court he had smoked a few joints earlier in the morning and decided he would go for a drive.

He was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

 

Driver tested positive to methamphetamines

ROBERT Donald Scott pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving on August 31.

The court heard Scott was pulled over on Cobalt St at Carole Park for a random drug test and registered a positive result for methamphetamines.

He was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for one month.

 

Motorist pleads guilty to drug-driving charge

CHRISTINE Nell Stumer pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving on October 1 at Tarampa.

The court heard Stumer was pulled over on Lowood-Minden Rd where she registered a positive reading for methamphetamines.

Stumer was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for one month.

 

Smoking joints proves expensive for driver

MARK Leonard Yates pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving on November 11 at Goodna.

The court heard Yates admitted to officers he had smoked three joints with mates the night before.

He was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for three months.

 

Roadside test reveals use of cannabis

P-PLATER Tyler Ross Murphy pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving on November 14 at Yamanto.

The court heard Murphy was pulled over about 3pm for a roadside test where he returned a positive result to cannabis.

Officers also found 1.1g of the drug and a smoking utensil in Murphy's car. He was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for three months.

 

Offender swears off drugs court told

ALISON Maree Salter pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drug driving on August 31 at Redbank.

The court heard Salter was pulled over for a random test and registered a positive result for cannabis.

Salter told the court she no longer touched drugs.

She was fined $500 and the magistrate disqualified her from driving for one month.

 

Drink driver was pulled over at Bundamba

BENJAMIN Bradley Reeks pleaded guilty last week in Ipswich Magistrates Court to drink driving on November 21 at Bundamba.

Reeks was pulled over on Brisbane Rd where he registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.082.

He was fined $700 and was disqualified from driving for three months.

Topics:  drink driving, drug driving, ipswich crime, ipswich magistrates court, name and shame (ipswich)



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