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HANDED a breath analysis certificate that proved a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .213 per cent, Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin found it difficult to believe the defendant’s story of drinking only three glasses of wine before driving.

Veronica Rose Hurren’s car was intercepted by police on Monkland Street about 9.30pm on February 19, and officers said she reacted slowly when they signalled for her to stop.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns suggested for Hurren to be placed on a period of probation to address some underlying issues that may have contributed to the offence.

Hurren’s traffic history showed another high reading from 2008 and another prior to that.

Hurren, 49, said she stopped drinking three hours before she drove and had consumed three glasses of wine before that. She blamed her metabolism and an empty stomach for the high reading.

“I think you’re in denial,” Mrs Baldwin said. “Three glasses of wine three hours prior will not get to that reading... I can’t understand how you can be so careless when less than two years ago, you had the same reading.”

Hurren, of McIntosh Creek Road, Gympie, was disqualified from driving for 24 months and placed on probation for 18 months with the condition she attend the under the limit and safe driving programs.

In another matter, Walter Lozon was fined $1300 for being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Police had attended his residence on February 20 because of a disturbance and while they were there, Lozon opened the door of a car parked in the driveway and put the keys in the ignition.

He told police he was just winding the windows up and was warned if he turned the ignition on he would be charged because of his intoxication.

Lozon, 21, of Noosa Road, Monkland, ignored the warning and started the engine, revving it loudly. He was breathalysed and recorded a BAC of .18 per cent.

The learner driver told the court he had logged up 90 hours of the required hours of supervised driving, which he learned were automatically cancelled on receiving his penalty of a $1300 fine and a disqualification period of 12 months.

Also before the court, Matthew Harold King, 54, pleaded guilty to being under the influence of alcohol while in charge of a motor vehicle when a learner driver gave him a lift to the shop, February 27.

Police intercepted the vehicle on Exhibition Road, Southside, for a random breath test and because he was seen to be the learner-driver’s supervisor, King was also breathalysed and recorded a BAC of .182 per cent. In his defence, solicitor Chris Anderson said King didn’t know he was supervising the learner driver and was “caught out by the operation of the law”.

“It’s almost unbelievable really,” Mrs Baldwin said and fined King, of Johnstone Road, Southside, $1000 and disqualified his licence for 12 months.

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