QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

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

 

Drinking to 'de-stress' expensive

A PLUMBER who drove a quad bike while four times over the legal drinking limit has been fined $1593.

Nathan John Shearman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence as well as driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said ambulance crews were called to a rural road in Lowood on July 23 after Shearman crashed the quad bike.

They treated the 34-year-old father-of-two for head injuries and conducted a blood test which showed an alcohol reading of .227

The quad bike he crashed was uninsured and unregistered.

Shearman's defence lawyer told the court the father of two had been drinking at a mate's place to de-stress before the accident.

He said his client was very remorseful for his actions and that any licence disqualification would have a negative impact on his business.

In addition to the fine, Shearman was banned from driving for nine months.

 

Motorist has never 'owned' driver's licence

AN UNLICENSED female motorist has been caught drunk behind the wheel after she drove to fill up her car with petrol.

Krystal Lee Farrington pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the general alcohol limit in Goodna on September 9.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said officers pulled the 31-year-old over at about 10.45pm when they observed her pulling out of a McDonald's at high speed and failed to give way to other motorists.

She was given a breath test which showed an alcohol reading of .064.

Farrington said she had consumed two drinks of Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon before driving to put petrol in her car.

She also said she didn't own a driver's licence and never had.

She was fined $550 for both charges and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for four months.

 

Disqualified driver was under the influence

A FATHER-OF-FOUR had been caught drink driving while his licence was court disqualified.

Raj Oshen Goundar pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving under the influence while on a court disqualified driver's licence in Camira on August 30.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said the 35-year-old had been pulled over by police while on the way to his son's football trophy presentation.

He was given a breath test which showed an alcohol reading of .109.

Goundar, an IT expert, was fined $700 for both charges and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for 16 months for the drink driving charge and two years for the disqualified driving charge.

 

Penalties handed out to drink-drive offenders

  • MARK Andrew Kearney, 39, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Karana Downs on August 4. He was fined $600 and issued a restricted driver's licence for five months.
  • JANETTE Margaret Gatehouse, 55, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Boonah on September 28. She was put on a probation order for 18 months and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for 10 months.
  • GRAHAM Robert Wyeth, 57, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Goodna on September 26. He was fined $600 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a month.
  • PAUL Graham Berry, 48, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Goodna in April. He was put on a probation order for 18 months and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for six months.
  • SHAUN Darren Jones, 24, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Camira on September 28. He was fined $700 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for four months.
  • MICHAEL John Scott, 31, pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Raceview on September 24. He was fined $800 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for eight months.
  • DANIEL Graham Thorne, 29, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Riverview on September 18. He was fined $800 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two months.
  • KYLE Shree Chandler, 36, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Lowood on September 19. She was fined $1600 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for 10 months.
  • BRENDAN Keith Moore, 37, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Swanbank on October 2. He was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a month.
  • FREDERICO Nuno Prazeres, 28, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Redbank Plains January 6 as well as several other charges. He was fined $850 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a year.
  • ROBERT James Dart, 57, pleaded guilty to driving over zero alcohol limit while on a restricted licence in Lochrose on August 29. He was fined $100 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • ELI Toimoana, 20, pleaded guilty to driving above the zero alcohol limit while on a learner's licence in Springfield on October 11. He was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for three months.


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