BAD DRIVERS: Boozed up, drugged up and getting behind wheel
A CIVIL engineer involved in the Shute Harbour development project has been hit with a 12 month licence ban after he refused to take a breath test at a Whitsunday police station.
Mitchell James Petersen told police straight away he was over the limit when he was stopped at Mount Julian on October 24.
Officers had been patrolling when they spotted Petersen speeding on Shute Harbour Rd about 4.40am on his way to work.
"I'm way over, I've had drinks tonight and only had four hours sleep," Proserpine Magistrates Court heard Petersen had said.
The court heard the roadside breath test indicated a reading of 0.245 per cent, but the 38 year old refused to give another reading once he was transported to the police station.
He pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.
Defence solicitor Elizabeth Smith said the equipment had malfunctioned when he attempted to give a reading and it made him reluctant to try again.
Ms Smith said her client was the project manager for the development and would keep his job.
She said Petersen did blow in the bag about 8.30am and had a reading of 0.1 per cent and asked Magistrate James Morton not to place too much weight on the roadside reading.
Petersen was convicted and fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
A MOTHER of six had a small bag of drugs stashed in her bra when she was pulled over for a random breath test.
Janet Ann Maree Donas was driving near Shute Harbour Rd at Airlie Beach when police stopped the vehicle about 10.20pm on September 16 this year.
After her roadside test was positive she was told to remove her personal property to go to the police station for a second test.
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard when asked if she had anything to declare she removed a small clip seal bag containing seven grams of marijuana from her bra.
As a probationary licence holder, Donas must have a zero blood alcohol reading - a second test revealed hers was 0.046 per cent.
The 32 year old pleaded guilty to driving over the no alcohol limit and possessing dangerous drugs.
The court heard she was working as a casual housekeeper, had six children and had moved to Airlie Beach about five months ago for "a fresh start".
She thought she had a 0.05 per cent limit, which Magistrate James Morton labelled a "very mistaken belief".
Mr Morton issued a "very clear" warning to Donas her "fresh start" could end in jail if she continued using drugs with her history.
"I'm suspicious why a mother of six kids has any drugs in her possession," he said.
She was convicted and fined $900 in total and disqualified from driving for three months.
TIMOTHY Mervyn Wallis was on a suspended sentence when police pulled him over while he was driving with a cocktail of drugs in his system.
Police were performing random breath testing on the Bruce Highway at Proserpine on December 17 last year.
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard swabs revealed Wallis had both methylamphetamines and MDMA in his system, which was later confirmed when a saliva sample was sent away for analysis.
Wallis pleaded guilty to drug driving as the holder of a learner, probationary or provisional licence. He was convicted and fined $750 and disqualified from driving for six months. His suspended sentence was extended for another three months.
JUSTIN Matthew Harris "stupidly" thought he would be under the limit after knocking back a couple of rum and colas before riding his moped to the store to buy bread rolls for dinner.
The builder was pulled over on Coconut Grove at Airlie Beach about 4.10pm on October 4 this year and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.81 per cent.
The 38 year old pleaded guilty to low range drink driving.
"Stupidly I thought I would be under the limit," he told Proserpine Magistrates Court.
Harris was convicted and fined $500 and disqualified for six months. Magistrate James Morton granted a work licence for the disqualification period.
A REPEAT unlicensed driver had been working on his 2005 Subaru in the early hours of October 3 when he took the vehicle for a quick spin and was busted by police.
Michael Leslie James has never held a licence.
When Magistrate James Morton asked why not, James said he had never gotten beyond his learner's licence as he had always "been in too much sh*t".
While reading through James's traffic history, Mr Morton pointed out four prior unlicensed driving entries, two in March this year, then one each in September last year and February 2010.
James told Proserpine Magistrates Court he had been working on his car about 1.30am and was just driving it out and back in the Deloraine Close driveway when police stopped him.
He pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving, was convicted and fined $700 and disqualified for four months.
MAGISTRATE James Morton told a drug driver to "keep off the ganja" after he tested positive at a roadside drug test.
Code Lee Hayes denied using illicit drugs in the past 48 hours when he was pulled over about 11.35pm on September 26 this year.
But his saliva sample revealed he had marijuana in his system.
Police had been performing traffic enforcement on Shute Harbour Rd at Airlie Beach.
The licensed scaffolder pleaded guilty to drug driving. He was convicted and fined $350 and disqualified from driving for one month.
POLICE spotted Arjuna Gabriel Williams turn across three lanes of traffic and make an illegal U-turn about 1.45am.
His vehicle was stopped and his roadside breath test was positive. Further tests revealed a blood alcohol reading of 0.082 per cent.
Williams pleaded guilty to low range drink driving on Shute Harbour Rd at Cannonvale on November 9. He was convicted and fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.
MICHAEL John Reardon pleaded guilty to driving with marijuana in his system on September 9 this year.
The 35 year old was stopped by police on Coral Esplanade at Cannonvale. He tested positive during the roadside drug test.
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard he had no criminal history and worked full time.
He was convicted and fined $350 and disqualified from driving for one month.
MAGISTRATE James Morton told Ross Raymond Smith he was "very unlucky" to be pulled over for drink driving at Karumba.
The 70 year old had been up in the Gulf of Carpentaria on a fishing trip and had sank about six mid-strength beers when he was pulled over on Karumba Point Rd on August 27.
"It was road safety week and I got caught," Smith told Proserpine Magistrates Court.
He had gone for a quick sightseeing drive when he was stopped and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.112 per cent.
The court heard Smith usually lived in Bega but was staying at Hydeaway Bay because he was not willing to get on a plane because of COVID as he suffered some health issues.
Smith was convicted and fined $750 and disqualified from driving for five months.
A 19-YEAR-old boat builder stupidly drunk drove in front the very police officers who, in a gesture of goodwill, gave him and a mate a break on earlier foolish behaviour.
Cedar Thomas Jali White had been drinking at the Prince of Wales pub on Main St in Proserpine with a mate when they drew police attention by their obvious intoxication.
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard one of the lads was holding a beer glass and had a bar mat draped over his shoulder while the other was throwing promotional signs on the road.
Officers told the pair to return to property to the hotel.
The court heard shortly after police saw the two get into a vehicle and drive out of the IGA car park - it was intercepted on Faust St.
White, who was driving, returned a final blood alcohol reading of 0.145 per cent. He admitted to drinking about four pre-mix rum and colas and four beers in about six hours.
The court heard police asked why White would drive after he had just been given a break on street offences and stealing and he admitted it was stupid decision.
The P-plater pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving.
Magistrate James Morton questioned the teen about why he drove to the pub with the intention of having "a session with your mates" and did not organise a lift home.
"I wasn't thinking properly," White said.
"You drew attention to yourself while walking up the street with some items in your hand and police spoke to you," Mr Morton said.
"Don't you think that should have been an indication (not to) get behind the wheel of a car, it's across the road from the police station, they're probably watching us."
White was convicted and fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months.
A PROSERPINE driver busted making a brazen and cheeky manoeuvre from his partner's house to his nearby property to avoid taking the long route told police "just write me up the fine".
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard he reversed out of her driveway and briefly drove on the wrong side of the road in front of oncoming traffic.
At the time he also spun his wheels.
Harley David Burke told the police who stopped him on Bruce Highway on September 17 this year that he did the same manoeuvre "every day" because it was "more convenient".
The court heard he received fines totalling $667 and three demerit points.
Burke pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary noise or smoke and failing to keep to the left of two continuous lines.
He told the court he had been transporting Christmas decorations.
"That's the way it is," Magistrate James Morton said.
Burke was convicted and fined $647.
A NEW South Wales driver who did not convert to a Queensland licence has been convicted and fined $200.
Police were patrolling about 12.05pm on October 13 when they pulled over a vehicle on Conway Rd at Preston.
Proserpine Magistrates Court heard Allan Frederick Hathaway had been warned he would need to switch his licence over after being in the state for three months.
He pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving.