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Shooting for DUI number 9!

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 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 Thumper 9:27 am 20 Oct 11

“Crushing a car is ridiculous anyway

Blowing them up with an M72 is much more fun.

Tooks 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 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 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 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 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 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.

dpm dpm 9:35 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’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!

Henry82 Henry82 6:47 pm 19 Oct 11

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.

By crushing them we can put them in prominent areas around Canberra with a sign about drink driving. It would be similar to the huge fluro pink stickers the UK police put on confiscated cars that don’t have insurance.

Solidarity said :

Technically he isn’t allowed to drive a car on public roads at the moment anyway, sure stopped him.

When his friends/families cars start getting crushed and/or severely fined, they might get annoyed and stop loaning him cars. I’ll put my money on the fact they use the “i didn’t know” excuse and avoid any penalties.

dvaey dvaey 6:21 pm 19 Oct 11

“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.

Jethro Jethro 5:27 pm 19 Oct 11

I don’t understand why at the very least we don’t have court ordered ignition locks.

Classified Classified 3:01 pm 19 Oct 11

Solidarity said :

Yeah! Lets crush a car worth $500. That’ll show him.

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

ex-vectis ex-vectis 2:40 pm 19 Oct 11

While we have Judges who blur the line with DUI, drink driving will never be taken seriously.

Anyone remember the case of the Sydney woman in August 2010 who was let of by Judge Brian Maloney? Obviously Mr Maloney doesnt think DUI is as dangerous as we are led to believe as why not just chance it and have a few for the road….

Solidarity Solidarity 2:28 pm 19 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

Solidarity said :

Yeah! Lets crush a car worth $500. That’ll show him.

Cant drive a metal cube

Technically he isn’t allowed to drive a car on public roads at the moment anyway, sure stopped him.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 2:20 pm 19 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

Solidarity said :

Yeah! Lets crush a car worth $500. That’ll show him.

Cant drive a metal cube

Here are your messages: “You have 30 minutes to move your car,” “You have 10 minutes,” “Your car has been impounded,” “Your car has been crushed into a cube,” “You have 30 minutes to move your cube.”

Henry82 Henry82 2:14 pm 19 Oct 11

Solidarity said :

Yeah! Lets crush a car worth $500. That’ll show him.

Cant drive a metal cube

Solidarity Solidarity 1:51 pm 19 Oct 11

Yeah! Lets crush a car worth $500. That’ll show him.

essfer essfer 1:17 pm 19 Oct 11

Special G said :

Crush his car and make it an offence to own one. Also fine people who lend cars to disqualified, unlicenced drunk drivers.

+1,000,000

Special G Special G 9:05 pm 17 Oct 11

Crush his car and make it an offence to own one. Also fine people who lend cars to disqualified, unlicenced drunk drivers.

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