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Shooting for DUI number 9!

By johnboy - 17 October 2011 28

A 49-year-old Latham man has been arrested and charged with drink driving offences after being stopped by police in Holt around 10.15pm last night (Sunday, October 16).

Police were conducting a mobile patrol along Hardwick Crescent, Holt, when a grey Ford Laser was observed to quickly enter the car park of the West Belconnen Leagues Club, which raised the suspicion of the officers.

The officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, who then undertook a roadside breath analysis, which resulted in a positive alcohol reading.

The Latham man was conveyed to the Belconnen Police Station where he returned a breath alcohol reading of 0.132 grams of alcohol per 210 litres of exhaled breath.

During the testing, police discovered that the man has eight previous drink driving convictions, and was also disqualified by the ACT Magistrates Court from driving.

The man was arrested and conveyed to the ACT Watch House and is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Classified 10:46 am 20 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

Classified said :

Crushing a car is ridiculous anyway. Sell it at auction and use the proceeds to support victims of crime.

For more expensive cars, i agree. However with the cheaper ones you’ll probably find the disqualified drivers family just buy it again.

What’s to stop the offender buying a different cheap car?

It just seems crazy to destroy something of value for no reason, especially when the car can be sold and the proceeds used to benefit the community.

Thumper 9:27 am 20 Oct 11

“Crushing a car is ridiculous anyway

Blowing them up with an M72 is much more fun.

Tooks 8:21 am 20 Oct 11

dvaey said :

“Police were conducting a mobile patrol along Hardwick Crescent, Holt, when a grey Ford Laser was observed to quickly enter the car park of the West Belconnen Leagues Club, which raised the suspicion of the officers.”

What about pulling into a club carpark at 10pm is suspicious? Given that nothing else is open in that area at 10pm, I would think that a driver pulling into that carpark at 10pm to be the only non-suspicious activity they could do.

You don’t think seeing a police car and quickly ducking into a car park is sus? Thankfully those police have better instincts than you.

devils_advocate 8:16 am 20 Oct 11

dvaey said :

I’m guessing they had an RBT up the road and saw him heading their way, then turn into the club at the last minute (supposedly after he saw the RBT ahead)? Anyway, their suspicions were right so let’s not stress too much about this one!

After 8 previous duis, it’s possible they recognised the car…

OpenYourMind 8:05 am 20 Oct 11

And remember that when we are talking about someone who has 9 DUIs, they are very likely to have a serious alcohol problem. I would expect anyone that knows him well enough to lend him a car, knows him well enough to know what a bad idea that is.

I still can’t imagine how much of the time this person must spend driving drunk to get picked up DUI nine times. I don’t think I’ve been breath tested nine times in my 25 years of driving, and I used to drive cabs and trucks.

wildturkeycanoe 6:05 am 20 Oct 11

I think the title should be corrected to “Shooting DUI number 9”. That’ll learn ’em.

Lookout Smithers 12:14 am 20 Oct 11

Gotta be worth some sort of trophy if he’s banned from the road for good. Give a little something his friends and family too watching it happen thinking it normal behavior? How can this happen ?

Jethro 11:11 pm 19 Oct 11

dvaey said :

“Police were conducting a mobile patrol along Hardwick Crescent, Holt, when a grey Ford Laser was observed to quickly enter the car park of the West Belconnen Leagues Club, which raised the suspicion of the officers.”

What about pulling into a club carpark at 10pm is suspicious? Given that nothing else is open in that area at 10pm, I would think that a driver pulling into that carpark at 10pm to be the only non-suspicious activity they could do.

I think the ‘quickly’ part is what was suspicious. Quickly most likely means he was driving wel above what would be seen as a safe speed in a car park.

Also, it doesn’t mater why they breath tested him. Police can breath test any driver any time for any reason.

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