Dangerous driver is jailed

A REPEAT drink driver was sentenced to 18 months jail yesterday after facing court on 15 charges.

Marc Andrew Shaw, 29, of Tirroan, pleaded guilty to his second dangerous driving charge and fifth drink-driving charge, along with public nuisance, imposition and 11 other driving charges.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said on February 28, 2010 between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, a woman made a complaint about a white Holden ute doing burnouts on the corner of St Kilda and Currajong Farms roads, near Gin Gin.

“The witness said the driver lit the road up and the vehicle twisted to the sides as he drove north quickly up St Kilda Road,” Sgt Stevens said.

Shaw, who was unlicensed, then allowed his unlicensed passenger to drive the unregistered, uninsured vehicle in a manner similar to his offences.

The same vehicle, with Shaw at the wheel, was involved in a traffic crash on the corner or Cemetery and Tirroan roads about 4pm.

Sgt Stevens said Shaw tried to take a left turn, where police found tyre marks on both sides of the road.

“Due to the extreme turn, the already defective right tyre totally failed and deflated,” Sgt Stevens said.

“The front right of the vehicle hit a traffic sign, hurling it 25m into trees.”

Two women witnessed the crash as the vehicle ended up in a drain.

When breath tested a few hours later, Shaw’s reading was .202. He admitted he had been drinking wine during the day.

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said his client was a father of two and was remorseful for the events of February 28.

He said the situation was fuelled by alcohol, Shaw’s recent relationship breakdown, the death of a family pet and the loss of his job.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Shaw to 18 months’ jail with parole on March 14, 2011.



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