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Wacky Tawake Busted DUI

By Kramer - 31 July 2007 24

The ABC reports Brumbies big man Jone Tawake was busted for DUI yesterday morning. He was travelling from Sydney to Canberra following a big night of celebrations after his Sydney Uni team smashed Easts in the NSW Rugby Grand Final, and blew 0.06.

So once again a high profile sportsman is busted. It looks like the Brumbies/ACTRU may make an example of him. Personally, I think he should be pardoned, due to his relatively low blood alcohol level, the fact that it was the morning after (and not the evening of), and primarily due to his services to rugby.

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Wacky Tawake Busted DUI
Woody Mann-Caruso 8:34 pm 31 Jul 07

Are you his boyfriend or something, Ingeegoodbee? I couldn’t give a toss what happens to him on the field – I was talking about a general attitude that footy players should be allowed to break the law from time to time but we should all forgive them because they have no necks and can catch a ball. Having said that, if I was paying a squillion dollars for an athlete who was recklessly disregarding his own safety and whose actions could bring the sport into disrepute, I’d be pretty pissed.

Kramer 7:57 pm 31 Jul 07

“Looks like we could start a lynch mob though.”

To break him out of jail for the ARC I hope.

Special G 6:56 pm 31 Jul 07

In Victoria low readings below .08 can be dealt with as a fine similar to a traffic ticket. ACT is different. Although there have been plenty of high profile people (politicians and judges) get nothing for their drink driving so why should any other person be different.

Looks like we could start a lynch mob though.

caf 6:21 pm 31 Jul 07

Oh, get real scumdorg – “…worst examples of the abuse of police power ever“, he’s not Rodney-bloody-King for crying out loud. He wasn’t disappeared by the Gestapo.

(and according to the Wikipedia article the BAC at which you are assumed to be intoxicated in the US is 0.08).

Ntp 5:33 pm 31 Jul 07

It is in the ACT, no idea about NSW. Also once on the machine it’s all recorded so no “ow come on let me off..”

0.06 is nothing, he’ll be fine.

Ingeegoodbee 5:26 pm 31 Jul 07

Vic has that always been the case? It’s not an offence with which I am well acquainted.

Vic Bitterman 5:08 pm 31 Jul 07

Ingeegoodbee, if you go over 0.05 (and that includes a reading of exactly 0.05) it’s low range PCA and mandatory court appearance.

Ingeegoodbee 4:06 pm 31 Jul 07

Get your hand off it Woody, if it was a low range offence as it seems to be he gets a ticket and pays a fine, he shouldn’t have dipsh!ts discussing whether or not he should lose his spot on the team – if it happened to you, you wouldn’t expect to lose your job so where do you get off applying double standards?

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:57 pm 31 Jul 07

Sure, he was driving a tonne of metal at 110km an hour while legally inebriated, but he plays sport, so let’s let him go. It should be different rules for mere mortals like me and demigods like him, because he can, you know, kick a ball and stuff. If he crashed into somebody they should be honoured.

Ingeegoodbee 3:23 pm 31 Jul 07

I suspect that this is a bit of malicious grandstanding by the NSW Police. If he genuinely did blow 0.06 then isn’t it just a ticket? My understanding is that a low range infringement (0.6-0.8) is handled with a simple fine, similar to a speeding ticket, with no court appearance – can anyone cast any light on this?

scumdorg 3:07 pm 31 Jul 07

This would have to be one of the worst examples of the abuse of police power ever. He blew .06 for god’s sake! .01 over the limit straight after he won the grand final. Don’t ever forget that the limit in this country for many years was .08 and was only reduced in the early 1980s because the Daily Telegraph launched a big campaign against drink driving and Neville Wran as usual buckled under when His Master’s Voice (Murdoch) gave the order. In the US the limit is actually .10, double the limit here! So let’s have no more of this pious tut-tutting. Jone was railroaded well and truly.

papadoc 2:01 pm 31 Jul 07

I understand that and you’re right, the law is the law, so let the law handle this one and make that the end of it. He shouldn’t lose his job over what seems to be just an accident and not an incident.

Danman 1:27 pm 31 Jul 07

papadoc – the law is the law.

.01 over or not.

Make an example of him for anyone who thinks its ok to drive the morning after a night out…

papadoc 1:07 pm 31 Jul 07

Before we go raking the big fella over the coals for this one, lets not forget he was the guy who had his finger removed so that he’d be right to play for the Brumbies and possibly the Wallabies.

I’m not saying to forget about it, but he was .01 over the limit, the day after winning a grand final and he’s never been a drama in the years that he’s been here.

Jazz 12:43 pm 31 Jul 07

hmm, i wonder if this will get him kicked from the Wallabies shadow squad as well

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