'Russian roulette' a costly error in drink and drive decision

A ROSEWOOD motorist was busted for drink driving after he misjudged how much alcohol he had before getting behind the wheel.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Brandon John Bailey pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit.

The 23-year-old was on his way home from an Ipswich nightclub when he was pulled over by police in Redbank at 4.35am on May 9.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Bailey was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.064.

Bailey told police he had drunk about two to three premixed bottles of Canadian Club.

Defence lawyer Steven Brough said Bailey had always intended to drive home but misjudged his blood-alcohol level.

"He played a game of Russian roulette where he tried to judge how much he could drink while still being under the legal limit," Mr Brough said.

"In this case, he's judged poorly."

Mr Brough said Bailey was employed and had the support of his family to help his client with transportation while his licence was suspended.

Bailey was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for two months.

 

 

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

  • DIANNE Maree McEniery pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Haigslea on May 5. The 58-year-old was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • ROUDI John Blundsdon pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Saddlers Crossing on November 22, last year. The 22-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • PETER Charles Sutton pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in North Ipswich on May 20. The 60-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • ANTONIO Michael Pisasale pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Yamanto on March 14. The 58-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • MYFANWY Elizabeth Shultz pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Boonah on May 17. The 51-year-old was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • RICK Stokes pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Leichhardt on May 6. The 40-year-old was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for nine months.
  • SHANNON Maree Martinsen pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Booval on April 14. The 38-year-old was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for six months.
  • MICHAEL John Dunn pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Mermaid Beach on April 13. The 54-year-old was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
  • ZEB Gabriel Gillum pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Kalbar on April 9. The 24-year-old was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • CLAIRE Marie McDermott pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Redbank on June 5. The 30-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for four months.


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