Driver caught breaking the law nine times in one month
MARCH 2018 won't go down as a memorable month on the calendar of drug user and errant drink driver Anthony Brown. The 53-year-old Silkstone man racked up a series of offences within two weeks, was later arrested, and landed himself a booking in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court.
Anthony Paul Brown pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to nine charges: being in charge of a motor vehicle when over the middle alcohol limit (0.113) on March 16; two charges of driving unlicensed when police suspended; two charges of possession of dangerous drugs; possession of drug utensils; driving under the influence (0.152) on March 27; drug driving (marijuana) on March 17; and contravening a police protection notice.
Police prosecutor Bronson Ballard said Brown had spent four days held in police custody, his licence immediately suspended by police when caught drink driving on March 16. But was then caught driving when suspended on March 27.
Defence lawyer Matthew Tyrrell said Brown had since taken his rehabilitation upon himself, but his offending that month occurred after he found out that his job was to end.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said she accepted he was a good person and that alcohol got the better of him in a short space of time due to stresses in his life.
And had since been doing a detox program. Brown was fined $2000 and sentenced to two jail terms of two months each - immediately suspended for 12 months.
His licence is disqualified for three years and four months. But Brown was told that he could apply for his disqualification to be lifted after two years.