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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.

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