Man pays the ultimate price for drink driving
A YOUNG Melbourne-based sales representative will not be able to drive home, or anywhere else, after being disqualified for a year in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
The court was told police saw the man driving against the one-way traffic in Mary St on July 12.
They saw him turn right into Monkland St and his breath test reading was 0.119%, the court was told.
Muhammad Owais Ali, 24, of Mona St, Auburn, pleaded guilty to the charge, telling the court he had been attending a night club and knew he had consumed enough alcohol to be unable to drive.
"I was with my mates and I got a call from where I was staying," Ali told the court.
"They told me to bring the car back.
"I said, 'I'm too drunk to drive," he said.
The friends, at McCarthy Rd, Kia Ora, said they needed the car back and Ali reluctantly complied with their wishes, he said.
Magistrate M Baldwin remarked that it would have been better if Ali's friends had caught a cab into town and picked up the car themselves.
"It's a high reading," she said, explaining that Ali's international licence could now not be used anywhere in Australia, including Victoria.
Fining him $1120, she told Pakistan-born Ali the penalties for driving while disqualified were severe.
Ali said he was in Queensland on a sales mission for his employer in Victoria.