Station hand drink-driver almost three times the limit

A 54-YEAR-old station hand copped a hefty fine after he was caught drink-driving almost three times the legal limit.

Rodney James Nixon pleaded guilty at Emerald Magistrates Court on December 1 to drink- driving over the middle alcohol limit but not over the high limit.

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Nixon was pulled over by police on the Dawson Hwy at Rolleston at 7.30pm on October 31.

He returned a positive roadside breath test and later recorded a blood-alcohol content reading of .144.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen said Nixon was immediately suspended from driving.

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Magistrate Robert Walker said the relatively high reading was concerning given the serious consequences and road trauma that often came with drink-driving.

Due to a lack of traffic history, Nixon was disqualified from driving for four months and fined $750.


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