Lights alert police to drink-driver

A MAN was caught drink-driving after police noticed him flicking his lights onto high beam repeatedly.

Oge Asora Falesa, a Brisbane bus driver, was stopped about 10.30pm on May 13 at Goodna after patrolling officers saw him switching his high beam lights on and off.

Falesa, 55, told police he drank a six-pack of beer and two glasses of wine from 3.30pm that afternoon.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Falesa was unsteady on his feet and needed help to walk from his car to the police vehicle.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Mick Eather said officers could smell alcohol on Falesa’s clothing and breath.
Falesa was breathalysed and recorded 0.160.

He told police he had been drinking at a friend’s place at Goodna and decided to drive home.

Falesa pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor and was fined $750. His licence was disqualified for six months.

Snr Sgt Eather said Falesa had previous convictions for drink driving but the last offence was in 2003.

Falesa asked the court if he could get a work licence but there is no provision under the law for readings over 0.15.

The court heard Falesa has since lost his job as a bus driver for Brisbane City Council.



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