Hairdresser crashed car after all-day boozer

AN IPSWICH hairdresser, who had been drinking all day, was on a booze run when he crashed his car into a traffic light pole.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Matthew William Johnson pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

The 44-year-old blew almost four times over the legal limit when police breath tested him at the scene of the single-vehicle crash.

The accident took place in Limestone St at 9.55pm on May 25.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Trent Voigt said Johnson told police he had drunk a 700ml bottle of sherry and two VB tallies throughout the day before he got behind the wheel.

Johnson said he had been driving to the bottle store to buy more booze to "get him through the night".

The breath test showed Johnson had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.195.

Defence lawyer Rebecca Fogerty said Johnson had relapsed as an alcoholic when he committed the drink-driving offence.

She said the incident had been a moment of clarity for her client which had renewed his commitment to abstain from alcohol.

Ms Fogerty said Johnson currently received psychological counselling and regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

"There is no doubt the offence is a serious one both in terms of my client's alcohol reading and the circumstances of which he was found by police," Ms Fogerty said.

"My client considers himself very lucky that neither he nor anyone else was injured as a result of his drink-driving."

Ms Fogerty said Johnson's car had been written off in the crash and that he was unable to claim the benefit of insurance.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove noted that Johnson had been sober for 18 years before the incident and that this was his first charge of drink-driving.

"It was unfortunate that you fell off the wagon on this occasion because the consequences for you are dire," Mr Cosgrove told Johnson.

"You are lucky that these charges are not worse though. You could have killed someone or yourself through this behaviour."

Johnson was convicted, fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

 

EVERY week The QT publishes the names of drink-drivers who have been in court in Ipswich over the past week.

  • MALWAL Akuei Jok pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit on June 21. The 24-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for seven months.
  • HAYLEY Maree Bridgett pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Maryborough on July 20, last year. The 22-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for nine months.
  • BECKY Lee Brown pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in East Ipswich on November 22. The 34-year-old was fined $450 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • BERNARD John Farley pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Augustine Heights on June 4. The 62-year-old was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for four months.
  • RODNEY Clyde Andrew Grant pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Frenches Creek in June 11. The 47-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for five months.
  • DAVID Russell Jacobs pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen in Marburg on April 28. The 60-year-old was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for seven months.
  • CAMERON Kleinhans pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit while on a learner's licence in Silkstone on June 8. The 19-year-old was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • ZACHARY Kenneth Love pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Riverview on March 21. The 20-year-old was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • BENJAMIN David Milton pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Sadliers Crossing on June 13. The 18-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for seven months.
  • BRYSON Elijah O'Sullivan pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Flinders View on June 5. The 18-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for seven months.

 



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