Three times the limit to drive for supplies
DESPITE being three times over the limit, Michael Woodward did not hesitate to get behind the wheel when his sick wife asked him to drive from their property near Surat to Roma for medical supplies.
But that reason didn’t hold up for Magistrate Saggers when Woodward appeared before him at Roma Magistrates Court on Wednesday December 18.
The court heard Woodward was intercepted about 9.30am on the Warrego Hwy, near Roma, on November 16.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court Woodward had pulled up short before an RBT. When police approached him, and asked why he had pulled up short, he told officers he had heard his mobile ping and had pulled over to check it.
With his wife in the passenger seat, he consented to an RBT. A further test produced a certificate stating his blood alcohol level of .150.
His lawyer, C Tucker, told the court her client had been drinking the previous night, as well as that morning.
Tucker said Woodward’s wife, who was unable to drive following recent surgery, had asked him to drive her to Roma to pick up more bandages.
The court heard she was not aware of how much alcohol he had consumed, and would not have asked him to drive had she known.
“The responsibility falls on you to say I can’t drive,” Magistrate Saggers said.
“Your wife may have been unaware, but you have a responsibility to yourself and to others on the road.”
Woodward was convicted, fined $800 and disqualified from driving for seven more months.