Drink driver caught after losing control of vehicle

THE magistrate granted a low range drink driver a restrictive work licence despite the offender having a lengthy history with a cavalier approach to road rules.

Rowan Geoffrey Richardson, 29, was intercepted by police about 3.05pm on October 17, after officers saw the vehicle lose control and fishtail on a dirt track off Rubyvale Rd at Sapphire, Emerald Magistrates Court heard.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen said police spoke to Richardson about the manner of driving and carried out a random breath test.

Richardson returned a positive result and a blood-alcohol content reading of .095.

Lawyer Rhett Peters said his client was mindful he needed to be more careful on the roads in the future and not drink drive.

Magistrate Robert Walker said he was cautious about granting Richardson a restrictive work licence because of his traffic history.

"Your attitude to rules that apply to you on the roads have been a little cavalier," he said.

But he decided to grant the work licence so Richardson could maintain employment.

Richardson was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for four months. The conviction was recorded.


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