Driver jailed for public's safety

A PROSECUTOR'S plea to put a serial drink-driver behind bars for the good of the community has been heard.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts yesterday sentenced Agnes Water man Stephen Normand to nine months in jail, of which he will serve 80 days.

The 49-year-old alcoholic was caught drink-driving with a blood-alcohol level of .265% on November 14.

Despite the fact he was driving at more than five times the legal limit, he did not believe he was a danger to anyone but himself.

"That's an extraordinary statement," police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said.

Normand pleaded guilty to the charge of drink-driving on November 15 but Ms Batts adjourned her sentencing until yesterday and ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared in the meantime to help her consider her sentencing options.

But after reading the report yesterday, she said there was only one appropriate sentence for a man with Normand's appalling history of drink-driving.

"Your lack of insight in not appreciating the dangers of this to anyone is extraordinary," Ms Batts said.

She read out incidents on his history, which included failing to supply a breath specimen and drink-driving with levels of .221%, .215%, .235% and .270%.

"These periods of offending are punctuated with some long periods of no offending in between," Ms Batts said.

At the time Normand was caught drink-driving, he had had his licence back for just five days after his last suspension had ended.

Ms Batts disqualified him from driving for three years and sentenced him to nine months in jail, with 35 days already served.

The magistrate ordered Normand be eligible for parole on February 14.

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