Sorry driver is now at the mercy of his mum

IN a letter he read to the court, Samuel Ian Middleton apologised to his mother and the Emerald community after he pleaded guilty to one count each of drink driving and disobeying a left-only street sign on October 9.

Sgt Schapcott told the court officers observed Mr Middleton drive through the intersection of Opal and Clermont streets before pulling him over for a breath test.

He returned a reading of 0.031% at the station.

Sgt Schapcott told the court Mr Middleton had nothing of a like nature in his driving history.

When asked by Mgst Press if he had anything to say in his defence, Mr Middleton read a letter to the court, apologising to his mother for the "stress and inconvenience" his actions caused.

"I realise having a car and licence is a privilege, not a right," he said.

He said getting his licence back after being disqualified by the court and getting his car back from his mother would be on "two different occasions".

Mgst Press took into account the remorse Mr Middleton expressed and recommended he complete a defensive driving course when he got his licence back.

He fined Mr Middleton $80 for failing to turn left at a left-only street direction sign and $250 for drink driving while on a P1 licence, and disqualified him from driving for three months.

The traffic convictions were recorded.

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