ONE drink driving charge was not enough for a young man who, after being charged, went back to the pub, had another drink and then got nabbed driving through the same RBT site 15 minutes after his release.
ONE drink driving charge was not enough for a young man who, after being charged, went back to the pub, had another drink and then got nabbed driving through the same RBT site 15 minutes after his release. Mike Knott

'Astounding stupidity' - drink driver caught twice in a row

ONE drink driving charge was not enough for a young man who, after being charged, went back to the pub, had another drink and then got nabbed driving through the same RBT site 15 minutes after his release.

Magistrate Deb Vasta said Joshua Andrew Farrell displayed "astounding stupidity" on Thursday night when he drank and drove twice in less than two hours.

After being caught for a second time, the 24-year-old was arrested and spent the night in custody before being brought before the court yesterday morning where he pleaded guilty to two charges of drink driving and one of driving without a licence.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said about 8.25pm on Thursday night, police were conducting breath tests on the Bruce Highway in Gin Gin, also known as Mulgrave St, when they pulled over Farrell who had a blood alcohol level of .196%, almost four times over the limit.

The reading meant Farrell's licence was immediately suspended and, after giving him a notice to appear, he was released.

But about an hour later, different police at the same RBT site pulled over Farrell's car to talk to him about his fog lights being on and discovered Farrell again behind the wheel.

"He had only been released 15 minutes earlier," Sgt Stevens said.

"He said he had a further drink at the hotel and intended to drive to a free camp ground," Sgt Stevens said.

Farrell was again tested and blew a .170%. Farrell was then charged for drink driving and unlicensed driving, having lost his licence after the first offence.

"What was he thinking?" Mrs Vasta said.

"To then go back to the pub and have another drink and drive back through the same RBT . It's crazy.

"Your stupidity is astounding and as I said, I'm sure you wish you could turn the clock back," Mrs Vasta said to Farrell.

Farrell was fined $4500 and disqualified from driving for three-and-a-half years.



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