Costly cruise after vodka

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

 

Costly cruise after vodka

A VODKA Cruiser was all it took to send Jillian Maree Kucks over the legal alcohol limit.

The 40-year-old drank the alcoholic drink about 30 minutes before she got in her car to drive to the chemist.

During the journey, she was pulled over by police for a random breath test on Moffat Rd on December 30.

She told the officers she was unsure how many standard drinks the cruiser equated to - unfortunately for her it was enough to see her charged with drink driving.

Her breath test showed a blood-alcohol reading of 0.071.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, she pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit.

She was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a drivers licence for a month.

 

A MOTORIST said he made a "silly mistake" when he decided to get behind the wheel after downing six beers.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Darroch Michael Black pleaded guilty to driving more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

The 28-year-old blew a reading of 0.130 when he was pulled over for a breath test in Leichhardt at 1.10am on January 18.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said police stopped Black after he was seen "swerving on the road".

Black told police he had consumed six full-strength beers while socialising at a friend's house.

He was fined $1000 and placed on a restricted driver's licence for ten months.

 

  • PAUL Kenneth Shenton pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Ipswich at 3am on February 13. The 60-year-old was stopped by police for a breath test and recorded a reading of 0.136. He fined $500 and disqualified from driving for four months.
  • BRETT James Munro pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Springfield Lakes on January 10. The 18-year-old was pulled over for another traffic matter and given a breath test. He recorded a reading of 0.093. Munro was disqualified from driving for three months and fined $400.
  • WILLIAM Charles Wyllie, pleaded guilty to driving over the zero-alcohol limit while on a provisional licence. The 38-year-old was stopped by police for a roadside breath test in Ipswich on March 2. He recorded a reading of 0.024. Wyllie was fined $150 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • OSCAR Blanco, 33, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Purga on March 13. He was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for six months.
  • DANIEL Lennon, 48, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Ipswich on February 27. He was fined $850 and disqualified from driving for six months.
  • NATASHA Nga Nguyen, 23, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Raceview on January 26. She was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for two months.
  • DARRYL Leon Williams, 36 of Raceview, pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit at Forest Lake on February 7. He was fined $600 and disqualified for six months.
  • STEPHEN John Grace, 21, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Springfield Lakes on February 4. He was fined $660 and disqualified from driving for six months. No convictions were recorded.
  • CRAIG Stephen Christoph Tongs, 44, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Booval on March 8. He was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • ALLAN James Jensen, 31, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Marsden on November 1. He was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.
  • AMANDA Maree Allen, 38, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Limestone Ridges on January 10. She was fined $450 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • RICHIE Anuradha Gunatillake, 29, pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Springfield Central on March 4. He was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for a month.

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