Drink driver faces possible deportation

A MALAYSIAN national is facing deportation following his appearance for driving charges in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

The Mandarin-speaking male fronted court on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving a defective vehicle, and driving without a licence.

He pleaded guilty to the charges through his lawyer, Thomas Bray, and a Mandarin translator who appeared via phone link.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said officers observed a Nissan sedan driving erratically in Bundaberg on August 14, 2009, about 10.10pm.

They found Saw Hoe Keat, 27, who was residing in Gin Gin at the time, behind the wheel.

He was asked to produce his licence, but was not able to.

A blood alcohol test of the man revealed a reading of .138.

On April 5 this year police noted a Holden Commodore driving at a very low speed down Walker Street about 10.45pm.

The police pulled the vehicle over after watching it veer on and off of the road near Branyan Street.

Keat again could not produce a licence and told police he was driving so slow because the car's tyres were damaged.

Police agreed it would not have been safe to drive the car any faster as rubber was falling off the wheels and the canvas was showing.

The driver had a blood alcohol reading of .061.

“The defendant is a Malaysian national and will be taken into custody by the Department of Immigration,” Sgt Stevens said.

Mr Bray said his client fully co-operated with police and was driving to suit the car's conditions.

A consequence of the offences would be detainment because of visa problems.

Keat spent the weekend in custody after being arrested on Saturday, which Magistrate Neil Lavaring took into consideration.

“He is convicted and not further punished for all offences, however he will be disqualified from holding a driver's licence,” Mr Lavaring said.

Keat was disqualified from driving for a total of 12 months and will now face possible deportation.



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