Man caught drink driving on his driveway, blows .181
A NEW Australian caught drink-driving in his own driveway was actually trying to help his family back home, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.
Chad national Ndogobessengar Tatamngar had blown a breath/alcohol reading of 0.181 after police were called to his Dodd St residence about 11pm, January 13, on report of a car crash.
Police arrived to find Tatamngar had crashed his car into the garage and nearby fence, police prosecutor Sergeant Tim Hutton said.
Through a French interpreter, the 39-year-old pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.
His solicitor Joe Millican explained his client the week before the incident had received word from his home in Chad that his father, brother and uncle had been killed in a car accident.
It was the tradition of Chad that the remaining family member paid for the funeral costs.
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His client, who was in Australia on a visa, was moving the car so it could be sold the next day with the money used to cover funeral costs, Mr Millican said.
Tatamngar instructed he had been told not to drive on the road but thought driving in his own yard was okay, he said.
"He made a mistake in law, perhaps understandable given the language difficulty," Mr Millican submitted.
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck said it was the second time the defendant had recorded a high-range drink-driving reading.
However, taking into account a conviction might impact on his ability to travel back to Chad, Mr Schemioneck order the conviction not be recorded.
He ordered Tatamngar do 150 hours community service and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.