6 June 2023

Disqualified driver allegedly caught drunk behind the wheel for the eleventh time

| Claire Fenwicke
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Two men are fronting ACT Magistrates Court for unrelated drink-driving charges. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

A McGregor man is scheduled to front ACT Magistrates Court today (6 June), accused of driving drunk with a disqualified licence while on bail.

Police said they saw the 44-year-old driving in Nicholls with a deflated rear tyre at about 3:50 am on Tuesday.

It’s alleged that when the vehicle stopped, police saw two passengers sitting inside, one on the other’s lap, neither wearing a seatbelt.

The driver was subjected to a roadside breath test, which police said returned a positive result for alcohol. Later, breath analysis at Gungahlin Police Station returned a blood alcohol content reading of 0.141 – almost three times the legal limit.

Further police checks revealed the McGregor man was allegedly driving despite having his licence disqualified four times previously. Police also said this was the 11th time he had been detected drink driving and that he was on bail.

He’s been charged with drink driving, disqualified driving, and two counts of having a passenger over 16 not wearing a seatbelt.

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In an unrelated incident, a 24-year-old man is also scheduled to face court charged with high-range drink driving.

Police had gone to a Lyneham home at 10:10 pm on Monday (5 June) following reports of a crash.

When officers arrived, they found a stationary white Kia Rio, with its bonnet touching another vehicle in the driveway.

The driver of the Kia allegedly returned a positive roadside result and was taken to City Police Station where police said further breath analysis returned a result of 0.280 – nearly six times the legal limit of 0.05.

The man was issued an immediate suspension notice, suspending his licence for 90 days in the ACT.

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What are the odds that he hasn’t paid any of the fines or other penalties.

billyates19558:21 am 07 Jun 23

It’s obvious our ACT Justice System, including Judges and Politicians hold absolutely no care for the innocent public when these people are repeatedly given bail when there is a clear need for incarceration. Mr Barr, you should be more concerned for your constituents than what you and your Minister are thus far showing. It’s time for Mandatory Sentencing and take the responsibility away from the incompetent Judges who have a world of empathy for the criminals, rather than us innocent victims out here. Surely, we pay enough for protection.

So Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury, what so you about the ACT justice system when we see examples like this of drivers not caring less about road rules?

“Police also said this was the 11th time he had been detected drink driving and that he was on bail” Yet numerous politicians, opinion writers and other mugs attack Joe Average, but always seem to forget the obvious elephant in the room – the ACT Justice System, or lack of it.

i think the total opposite, they would be slapping each other on the back telling themselves that they are doing a great job. NOT

Francesca Milano2:53 pm 06 Jun 23

“while on bail.” 11th time !
Why thank you ACT Magistrates for protecting the community so effectively. Bet you don’t brag about your job over a BBQ with the neighbours …

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