'Court' at the wheel

IN Gympie Magistrates Court for traffic offences...

 Imbil man Paul Bernard Charles Baker’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .132 per cent when his vehicle was stopped by police on Yabba Creek Road, May 12. His licence was disqualified for eight months and Baker, 54, of Kandanga Imbil Road, was fined $1000.

 The holder of a restricted licence granted by the court for work purposes lost the privilege to drive when she was caught driving her vehicle with a BAC of .043 per cent. The court heard Esther Kathleen Alice Rushton, 20, had made provisions not to drink and drive the previous night but still had alcohol in her system when she drove the next day. Rushton, of Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay, was disqualified from driving for three months and fined $260.

 Mandylee Knight, 35, was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $200 for driving with a minor amount of drugs in her system. A roadside drug testing unit at Chatsworth Road on March 28 detected THC and methylamphetamines present in her saliva. Knight, of Hall Road, Monkland, said she had a puff of a joint offered at a party that night but had no idea about the ‘speed’.

 The registration had run out on Maquita Sherie Mayne’s car when she drove it on May 12. Mayne, 31, of Sunshine Road, Wolvi, was fined $500 in total for the two charges of driving an unregistered car and consequently an uninsured one.

 Unlicensed because she couldn’t afford to get her licence renewed, Elissa May Sparks drove on May 13, nine months after her licence had expired. Sparks, 28, of Barrett Road, Widgee, was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $100.

 Police who stopped Mark Phillipps-Lewis’ car on Graham Street because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt noticed he had been drinking alcohol. He was breath-tested and as a result was taken back to the police station where he recorded a blood alcohol concentration of .098 per cent. Phillipps-Lewis, 25, of McIntosh Creek Road, Jones Hill, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

 Southside woman Steevie-Lee O’Toole had been suspended from driving when she got behind the wheel on May 13 and was caught by police. O’Toole, 24, of Lasiandra Drive was convicted and fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months.

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