Failure to indicate attracts $800 fine and ban

TURNING without indicating got a man caught for drink-driving.

Michael John Kool, 44, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the middle alcohol limit, driving while SPER suspended, contravening a police direction and obstructing police.

At 9.55pm on August 5 police saw a car turn on River Rd, Dinmore, without indicating.

Police intercepted the car and found Kool behind the wheel.

He smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech.

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He was breath tested and registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.105.

He told police he was driving his son and had drunk five or six bourbon and Cokes before getting behind the wheel.

His licence had been suspended by SPER for not paying fines.

The car was immobilised for a week.

The court heard Kool had also failed to report to a police station to provide his identifying particulars, and when he was picked up for that he resisted arrest.

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The court heard Kool had only ever held a learner's permit.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said he had a "very long" history for someone who had never been fully licensed.

"You're old enough to know better," she said.

"You're not allowed to drive. It's as simple as that."

He was fined $800 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for seven months.

 

Driver over the limit in damaged vehicle

DRIVING a damaged car while drunk has cost a man his licence.

Luke Adam Dixon, 28, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the middle alcohol limit.

The court heard that about 4.45am on July 26 police saw an extensively damaged vehicle on the roads.

Due to the damage they intercepted the car and found Dixon driving.

He was breath tested and registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.128.

The court heard Dixon was going through a tough period of his life at the time, having lost his job and suffering a relationship breakdown.

He had a very minor traffic history, which Magistrate Virginia Sturgess dubbed "admirable", with only one minor speeding offence.

Ms Sturgess said his mental state at the time was not an excuse for driving while drunk.

"None of those things are an excuse for having too much to drink and getting behind the wheel of a car," she said.

"It can create bigger problems for you than you are trying to escape."

Dixon was fined $500 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months.

 

  • Rachel Mary Balikoff, 22, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving while over the no-alcohol limit at Downs St, North Ipswich. She was fined $150 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months.
  • Robert Jon Blake, 29, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit on Cascade St, Raceview. He was fined $420 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two months.
  • Deon Ashwin Kumar, 24, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the general alcohol limit on Kruger Pde, Redbank Plains. He was fined $420 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for five months. He was issued with a restricted work driver's licence for the duration of the disqualification.
  • Taylor Iris Marshall, 20, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit on Brisbane Rd, Booval. She was fined $350 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for one month.
  • James Lee Wilson, 22, pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit at Ursula St, Riverview. He was fined $500 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for six months. He was issued with a restricted driver's licence for the duration of the disqualification.
  • Samuel Peter Evans, 20, pleaded guilty to driving over the no-alcohol limit at Churchill. He was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months.
  • Amber Merrin Smith, 40, pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit and being a repeat disqualified driver at Tivoli. She was fined $750. Smith was disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two years for unlicensed driving and 16 months for the drink-driving charge.
  • Robert Edward Duff, 25, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit on the Springfield-Greenbank Arterial Rd. He was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for one month.
  • Sheridan Eve Deslandes, 21, pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit. She was fined $600 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three moths.
  • Winnie Te Aroha Tamara Pera, 33, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the general alcohol limit, and driving while unlicensed. He was fined $250 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months.

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