Licence suspended for drunken nap in drivers seat
WHEN police found Harrison Redding in the drivers seat of his car outside a Mitchell pub, he was adamant he had no intention of driving anywhere because he had “had too much to drink”.
Nevertheless, Mitchell police subjected him to a roadside breath test on the spot, and found him to be more than twice the legal limit, with a blood alcohol reading of .129.
The 19-year-old provisional driver faced Mitchell Magistrates Court on Monday, February 2, charged with one count of in charge of motor vehicle when over middle alcohol limit, but not over high alcohol limit and unlicensed/ learner/ probationary/ provisional.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court Redding had been found in his car on January 3 at 10.50pm, outside Hotel Richards in Mitchell.
He further told police he didn’t plan on driving after drinking a number of beers with family, but had wanted to go to sleep in his car.
Redding’s lawyer, Leslee Reed, said over three hours, her client had consumed a number of beers and had no intention of driving.
Magistrate Saggers said even if Redding had no intention to drive, him being in the driver seat put him in charge of a motor vehicle, and thus was subject to a penalty.
He was fined $750, and disqualified from driving for three months. A conviction was recorded on his traffic history.