An unidentified woman receives a random breath test from Senior Constable Bob Parker; Drink driving is on the increase in Bundaberg.
An unidentified woman receives a random breath test from Senior Constable Bob Parker; Drink driving is on the increase in Bundaberg. Scottie Simmonds

Bundy's bloody idiots

BOOZED-UP Bundaberg motorists are endangering lives and driving police to despair, following a recent spike in drink-drivers going through the courts.

Five offenders appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday, including one who was sent to jail and another who was given a suspended jail sentence.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said he was fed up with the number of drink-drivers on the road.

“It shows the blatant ignorance of some members of the community,” he said.

A 31-year-old repeat offender with a traffic history spanning 15 years spent last night behind bars after being jailed for a total of nine months for driving without a licence and drink driving.

Mathew Peter Maythers was caught driving on Milden Street, Gin Gin, with a blood-alcohol reading of .169.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said Maythers was on a 42-month disqualification when he committed the offence.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts set a parole release date of October 8 and disqualified his licence for five years.

Bundaberg woman Lisa Joy Rousell, 41, of Kepnock, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and dangerous driving after she crashed into two Scotland Street homes in one night on January 22.

She later blew 0.258 — more than five times the legal limit.

Snr Const Ward told the court Rousell smashed into a friend's carport, narrowly missing her partner, then reversed backwards and smashed into the carport across the road, whose occupants stood nearby.

The magistrate sentenced Rousell to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and disqualified her from driving for 18 months.

Samuel Joseph Slater, 23, of Burnett Heads, was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid community service for driving under the influence and without a licence.

He was caught driving in his brother's red Holden Commodore to pick up his sibling, who had been arrested 30 minutes earlier for drink-driving in the same vehicle.

Slater, who blew .186, was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Billianna Simone Arkle, 20, of Bundaberg South, was fined $600 after she returned a blood alcohol reading of .125 on June 18.

And Robyn Gail Moore, 51, of Avoca, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence after she blew .161 when police intercepted her at 4pm on July 24.

She was fined $1080 and disqualified from driving for eight months.

Insp Guteridge said that police would crack down further on drink-driving.

“There have been a number of recent crashes which have resulted in fatalities and some of these are directly attributable to drink driving.”



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