Drink driver busted moments after being driven home

AN IPSWICH man has been caught drunk behind the wheel moments after he was dropped home by a designated driver.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week John William Eggmolesse pleaded guilty to driving under the influence while he was disqualified from driving.

The 45-year-old had arranged to be driven to and from his mate's place, where he had been drinking.

When he returned home though, instead of calling it a night, he got behind the wheel of his car and drove up and down the street.

Police were called to Eggmolesse's Leichhardt address in relation to a drunk person sitting in a vehicle.

When officer's arrived they found Eggmolesse standing near his unregistered vehicle.

Police observed fresh tyre marks at the front of Eggmolesse's house. Witnesses confirmed he had been driving.

The father of one was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.179.

It was also revealed that a court had disqualified him from driving for a year in September 2014.

Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said Eggmolesse's drink-driving circumstances were "unusual".

"He did the right thing in having a designated driver take him to and from his friend's house," Mr Hoskin said.

"He should have gone to bed when he got home, but instead he hopped in his car".

Mr Hoskin said Eggmolesse had a good work history and was supported by his partner.

Eggmolesse was convicted and sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

 

EVERY week The QT publishes the names of drink-drivers who have been in court in Ipswich over the past week.

  • Haley Hogan pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Bundamba on May 28. The 39-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Phillipe Manuel Maht Mcleod-Ebsworth pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Amberley on May 30. The 23-year-old was fined $50 and disqualified from driving for five months.
  • Johanna Elizabeth Quinn pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Brassall on March 31. The 33-year-old was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Mark George Carr pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Ipswich on May 12. The 43-year-old was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Kaitlyn Tamara Cochrane pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Goodna on March 29. The 19-year-old was disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Michael Alexander Craven pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Victoria Point on June 25. The 24-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Michael Lente pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Redbank Plains on April 28. The 51-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for four months.
  • Daniel John Lee pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Redbank on January 29. The 24-year-old was fined $250 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Rachel Mary Walker pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in her system in Redbank on January 29. The 22-year-old was fined $250 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Ronald Leslie Merritt pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in South Ripley on May 23. The 51-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Trent Kelly Pottinger pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Clarendon on April 7. The 18-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Michael James Tunbridge pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Redbank on September 26, last year. The 26-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for four months.
  • Kevin McDonald pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Boonah on May 29. The 63-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Scott Durkin pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Redbank Plains on May 30. The 26-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for a month.


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