Drink driving dad blows .173, turns to doctor for help
A LOCKYER VALLEY father with a self-confessed drinking problem was given a word of guidance by a Gatton magistrate when he appeared in court.
Andrew James Clements, who was caught drink driving with a reading of more than three times the legal limit on March 22, saw his doctor the next day to ask for help with his alcohol problem.
Gatton Magistrates Court heard Andrew James Clements had been driving on Patrick Street, in Laidley, at 2.40pm when he was pulled over by police.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor told the court how Clements underwent a roadside breath test, which returned a reading of 0.173.
The court heard Clements had been banned from driving since the incident.
Clements pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor.
Magistrate Peter Saggers told Clements his reading was significantly high.
“Obviously it’s pushed you into doing something about this alcohol problem,” he said.
Mr Saggers told Clements there was no shame in seeking help.
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“An alcohol problem obviously affects you and your family – but, when you get into a car, it affects all of us and puts everyone at risk,” Mr Saggers said.
“I’m not telling you anything you don’t know but, for you to be the best father you can be to support your family and set the example for your children you do need to address this.
“There is no shame in it but you need to be bigger man and address it – the shame is in if you don’t do anything about it.”
Mr Saggers adjusted Clements’ sentence to reflect how he had been without his license since March.
He was fined $500 and was disqualified from driving for a further nine months.
A conviction was recorded.
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