No licence and driving drunk results in disqualification

A BUNDABERG man has been banned from driving until 2018 after he was caught drink-driving before driving without a licence - twice.

Paul Anthony Banfield, 30, yesterday pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and two of driving without a licence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Banfield first came to the attention of police on November 9 shortly before 3am.

"Police attention was drawn to a Holden Commodore driving very slowly and swerving on both sides of the road," Sgt Stevens said.

A breath test revealed Banfield was driving with a blood alcohol content of .174%, more than three times the legal limit.

"The defendant said he'd had nine or 10 standard drinks," Sgt Stevens said.

Due to the high reading, Banfield's licence was immediately disqualified but about two weeks later on November 26, police once again found Banfield behind the wheel of his car, shortly after 9am this time.

"A police check revealed the registered owner of the vehicle was disqualified," the prosecutor said.

Banfield told officers he didn't realise he was disqualified and that he hadn't read the paperwork given to him on November 9.

But despite being charged with driving unlicenced, Banfield was back in the driver's seat only a few hours later, leading to yet another run in with police.

Sgt Stevens said Banfield did not have a driving history.

"The first thing that goes out the window (when drinking) is your judgement and I think that's what happened on this evening," Magistrate Deb Vasta said of the drink-driving offence.

"You've never before had any traffic history."

Mrs Vasta said the law meant that even with the minimum disqualifications imposed, Banfield would not be driving for several years.

He was disqualified for six months for drink-driving and two years each for the two unlicenced driving offences, meaning he will not be able to drive for four-and-a-half years. Banfield also was sentenced to 18 months' probation.



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