P-plater drives after 8 wines

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

 

P-plater drives after 8 wines

A PROVISIONAL driver's licence holder has been caught behind the wheel while three times over his legal drink-driving limit.

Stuart James MacDonald pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Megan O'Brien said MacDonald was intercepted by police while travelling in Brassall on August 11.

The 53-year-old was travelling on a provisional licence and had consumed at least eight glasses of wine before driving.

He was breath tested and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.178. MacDonald said his decision to drive after consuming so much alcohol "was a stupid thing to do".

He was fined $1000 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for 10 months.

 

Man finds library card is no licence to drive

A LIBRARY card wasn't enough to satisfy Ipswich police when they pulled over Deu Maketh Deng and asked to see his driver's licence.

But as an unlicensed driver, that was all he could provide.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Deng pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath or saliva for analysis and driving unlicensed.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Megan O'Brien said Deng had been intercepted by police after they saw he was not driving in a straight line.

Deng, who is of African descent, provided a Victorian library card belonging to someone else when asked for his identification.

The 26-year-old said he was visiting from Melbourne and that the vehicle had belonged to a friend.

He complained that police had pulled him over "because he was black".

Police then asked Deng to provide a breath test but he refused. He was taken to Goodna Police Station where his true identity was confirmed.

It was revealed that Deng had never held a Queensland driver's licence. He refused to answer any questions about his drinking and declined a breath test again.

The incident took place on August 24 about 2am.

Deng was fined $600 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for six months.

 

Dangerous driver fined $1100, disqualified

BRENDAN Michael Turner, 24, pleaded guilty to driving while over the general limit in Redbank Plains on August 31.

He was also charged for a dangerous driving offence, which occurred on September 15.

He was fined $1100 for both offences and disqualified for six months for the dangerous driving charge and two months for the drink-driving charge.

  • JODIE Leigh Smith, 32, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving while over the high alcohol limit in Dinmore on September 7. She was fined $600 and placed on a restricted driver's licence for eight months.
  • MILTON Greaves, 23, pleaded guilty to driving while over the general alcohol limit in Springfield on July 26. He was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a month.
  • SIMON Joel Kendall, 31, pleaded guilty to driving without a licence and while under the influence of drugs in Minden on September 10. He was fined $200 for driving unlicensed and $350 for driving under the influence of drugs.
  • BABURAJENDRA Raman, 41, pleaded guilty to driving while over the middle alcohol limit in Booval on September 1. He was fined $600 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for five months.
  • KELLY Robinson, 31, pleaded guilty to driving while over the middle alcohol limit in North Ipswich on September 6. She was fined $550 and disqualified from holding a licence for four months.
  • EARL Russel Sandy, 55, pleaded guilty to driving while over the middle alcohol limit in Goodna on August 29. He was fined $800 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for five months.
  • KENNETH Peter Swingler 39 pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Grandchester on September 7. He was fined $750 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for seven months.
  • KENNETH Ian Burton, 46, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in North Ipswich. He was fined $800 and disqualified from holding a licence for seven months.
  • DANIEL James Hardy, 25, pleaded guilty to driving while over the general alcohol limit in Churchill on August 23. He was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months.


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