Drivers ignore road rules

IN Gympie Magistrates Court for driving offences...

A ute being driven erratically towards Gympie on the Bruce Highway, October 12, was stopped by police when it got to the Channon Street intersection. Ann Wendy Mitchell was breathalysed and recorded an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .210 per cent. Mitchell, 38, of Kirsten Drive, Curra, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $1800.

The driver of a prime mover that ran off the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth on September 17 had been changing tracks on his iPod, the court heard. Tye Jay Courtice, 29, had been towing a trailer with 42 tonnes of scrap metal when he “came around a bend too wide” and “couldn’t pull it back”. Courtice, of Bonna Road, Branyan, said he left early from Monto and was taking a load to Brisbane when his vehicle ran off the road and rolled on its side. He was charged with driving without due care and attention and fined $400.

Learner driver Kane Andrew Averillo, 18, had an illegal blood alcohol reading of .156 per cent when his car was stopped by police on Exhibition Road, October 16. He was issued with a fine for driving unaccompanied and came before the court for a charge of driving while under the influence. When asked why he drove home from a party instead of walking, Averillo, of Reynolds Road, Chatsworth, said “the car was there”. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months with the condition he attends a safe driving workshop.

Jason Mark Crawford, 33, didn’t think he was over the limit when he drove on October 13 but when he was breathalysed by police officers close to home, he recorded an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .065 per cent. Crawford, of Kidgell Street, Gympie, said if he had just waited another hour before driving he would have been under the limit. He was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $400.

An unlicensed driver who gave a false name to police when officers stopped his car on the Bruce Highway on October 2 was sentenced to one month in prison, suspended for 12 months. Caleb Joel Wilkinson, 27, of Beams Road, Zillmere, was charged with repeat-unlicensed driving as well as for contravening a police direction. He was disqualified from driving driving for six months.

Gympie Times


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