Wrong choice means a year on the bike
Wednesday, 10th July, 2013
By By Kurtis J Eichler
A man caught by police drink-driving after a night at the Bocce Club has lost his driver’s licence.
Tony Gordon Richards, 53, was driving home on June 6 at 1am after having what his lawyer Wes Burton described as a “few drinks.”
Police stopped Mr Richards for a random breath test at the corner of Boughtman and South streets.
He was charged with high range drink driving and recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.178.
Mr Richards had his licence suspended immediately and faced sentencing in the Local Court yesterday.
Mr Burton argued his client was in “dire need of a licence” because of his ill health.
Mr Richards had emphysema and asthma and was now getting around on a bicycle, something that was a great inconvenience, Mr Burton said.
He said Mr Richards was a “valued member of the community” and was a hard-working member of his bocce club.
But Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said Mr Richard’s behaviour was unacceptable.
“It is apparent that you posed a threat to yourself and other road users,” Mr Dunlevy said.
Mr Richards’ was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined.