Repeat drink driver has car impounded and crushed

A MAN with a history of drink-driving gave police his brother's name when he was again caught driving with alcohol in his system.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Anthony John Thomas pleaded guilty to driving over the zero-alcohol limit.

The 46-year-old was also charged with disqualified driving and contravening a police requirement.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Thomas was stopped by police in a 4.30pm in West Ipswich on August 12.

Thomas initially gave police his brother's name, but after those details didn't match on the police system, he gave his real name.

A police check revealed Thomas had been disqualified from driving for two years on May 28.

Thomas was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.031.

Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges said Thomas was a father of two and had been driving to get dinner after work.

Mr Hodges said his client had been going through an "extremely tough time" at the time of the offence, as a close family member had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

He said Thomas's car was impounded and crushed.

Mr Hodges said Thomas was employed as a meat boner.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess noted that Thomas had been charged for drink-driving offences three times last year.

"You were booked for two high-range drink-driving charges as well as one mid-range offence," she told Thomas.

"You were dishonest by giving a false name to police when they pulled you over."

Thomas was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for three years.

 

QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

  • WARREN Bernard Edward Friswell pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Carole Park on September 2. The 48-year was fined $800 and placed on a restricted driver's licence for four months.
  • CHRISTOPHER Leslie Haynes pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Bundamba on September 7. The 49-year-old was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • ORLAHN Hai Quiterio pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Springfield on June 7. The 28-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months. The conviction also breached a suspended sentence Quiterio received for an earlier offence, which was consequently extended.
  • JOHN Reginald Bromley pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Goodna on September 22. The 69-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for a month.


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