Learner charged with drink-driving

“TALK about putting yourself behind the starting line before you even get to it,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told a learner driver who was before the court, charged with drink-driving.

Gympie’s Craig Edward Searle, 18, had allegedly been speeding and driving in an erratic manner at Charleville Station on September 2, prompting members of the public to call police.

Officers located him on Perry Road and he was breathalysed, recording an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .107 per cent above the zero-alcohol requirement of drivers on learner permits.

Searle, of Pine Street, was also charged for driving unaccompanied. He was disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for three months and fined $360.

In another matter, Carolyn Valerie Crossley had a restricted licence granted to her for the purpose of getting to work after pleading guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

Crossley, 31, had been driving on the Bruce Highway on August 29 when she was stopped by police at 2am for a random breath test. She recorded a blood alcohol concentration of .067 per cent.

“It’s a very low reading,” Mrs Baldwin said. “The problem is, the limit is there because (drinking reduces) the ability to respond to (sudden) situations. I am satisfied you are a fit and proper person to drive,” she said and granted Crossly, of Tagigan Road, Goomboorian, a restricted licence for two months during the disqualification period and fined her $260.

Gympie Times


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