SCHOOL SMASH: The vehicle driven by Justin Kingsley Browning hit a tree at Emerald State High School.
SCHOOL SMASH: The vehicle driven by Justin Kingsley Browning hit a tree at Emerald State High School. Di Stanley

Emerald drink driver jailed for six months

Justin Kingsley Browning made the mistake of putting his key in the ignition while drunk.

It was a error that landed him in jail after he appeared in Emerald Magistrates Court last month.

At 12.07am on March 31, police were called to an incident where a vehicle had smashed through a metal fence and into a tree at the Emerald State High School.

Police discovered Browning was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

A roadside breath test revealed a reading of 0.235% from the 34-year-old.

The court heard Browning had been at a birthday party earlier in the afternoon and had not had lunch other than a couple of sausages from the barbecue.

He drank three six-packs of VB and did not recall leaving the party.

Browning works at his family-run business which he hopes to take over when his father retires and he had contacted the school about repairing the damage to the fence.

Magistrate Ron Muirhead made mention of Browning's previous drink driving records, with a total of five convictions since 2000.

"You had a reading of 0.235% on Easter Sunday where you would expect more traffic on the road," Mr Muirhead said.

"You would be in no condition to drive, putting yourself and others in danger at almost five times the legal limit.

"To make matters worse, you have other matters on your previous records.

"Fines have been imposed but yet you continue to drive under the influence of alcohol.

 

"You would have thought you'd learn your lesson. Clearly fines aren't working, fines haven't been any deterrent."

 

Browning was jailed for six months with parole on June 22. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.


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