Max Fleet

Probation for driver on fifth drink-driving offence

A ROCKHAMPTON magistrate warned a Mount Morgan man he was "going to end up killing someone shortly" when he appeared in court on his fifth high range drink driving charge.

Robert Lawrence Mason pleaded guilty to five traffic charges in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday after police were called to an incident at 10.50pm on January 14.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox said witnesses reported Mason's Mitsubishi Magna rolled down an embankment.

The 30-year-old told police he had "a lot of different drinks" before he recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.270%.

Mason was charged with one count each of drink driving, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving without a supervisor on a learner licence and displaying registration plates belonging to another vehicle.

"You are going to end up killing someone shortly if you keep driving with these high range readings," Magistrate Cameron Press told Mason.

Mason was sentenced to 18 months' probation, disqualified from driving for 18 months and fined $850.

High range drink driving

High range drink driving in Queensland includes blood alcohol content recordings of above 0.15% and can come with up to a nine month prison sentence for first time offenders.


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