NAMED AND SHAMED: Mitchell’s drug/drink drivers
The Western Star and Queensland Police Service are joining forces to tackle the scourge of drink/drug driving.
We have compiled a list of the drink/drug drivers that pleaded guilty in the Mitchell Magistrates Court on Monday, April 6.
This monthly list of shame will act as a deterrent, if you don’t want everyone to know you have put the lives of other motorists at severe risk through irresponsible behaviour, then simply don’t drink or drug drive.
Noel Vallas Hamilton
A RETIREE was charged with driving over the general driving limit while on his way to seeing his son.
Hamilton, appeared via telephone link in the Roma Magistrates Court facing a charge of driving over the general limit but not the middle alcohol limit.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court on February 22, police intercepted the defendant on the Warrego Hwy where Hamilton returned a reading of 0.097 per cent.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Saggers fined him $450 and disqualified him from driving for three months.
Robert Bruce Kenneth Hollier
WHILE the defendant did not appear via telephone link, he was still handed a sentence for unpaid fines.
Hollier was intercepted by police in Mitchell earlier this year.
After police asked him for a licence check, he was found to have unpaid fines in NSW. He said he was aware of this as he recently entered into a payment plan.
Magistrate Saggers fined him $300 and the conviction was recorded.
A FATHER defending his son ended with him telling a police officer that he would put him under citizens arrest.
Redding appeared via telephone, facing three charges including obstructing a police officer, contravening a requirement to state his name and address and public nuisance.
Sgt Whiting told the court that at 11pm on January 3, police were outside Hotel Richards dealing with Mr Redding’s son for a drink driving matter.
The defendant attempted to walk towards his son but was prevented by police and was warned to not interfere.
Redding tried to push pass police to get to his son.
After Redding was told he was under arrest, he told the officer to “f—k off” and that he would arrest the officer under citizens arrest.
The defendant refused to state his name or address to police officers.
Instead, he told officers to “lock me up”.
On his release, the defendant accused to arresting officer of killing his son some years earlier. He threatened the arresting officer that he would have to be locked up for murder and refused to leave the police station unless the son walked away without charges laid.
Sgt Whiting told the court that the defendant yelled “revenue raising, f—ing dogs.”
Redding told the court that he believes him and his son were mistreated that night.
“I don’t think my son was treated fairly that night and I didn’t want him locked up without me,” he said.
Magistrate Saggers fined the defendant $800 with no conviction recorded for all three offences.
A SON faced one charge of drug driving while on a provisional licence.
Sgt Whiting told the court that on September 19, 2019 at 12pm, police intercepted the defendant for the purpose of a random breath and drug test.
Sgt Whiting continued that after the test produced a positive reading, Barber said “no bloody way, I haven’t taken anything in years.”
The certificate issued a positive result for cannabis.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
The court heard Barber’s previous traffic history, one in 2018 of a drug driving offence, 2008 of a drink driving charge.
And his criminal history stated that he was charged with contravening a directional requirement this year, and two drug offences in 2015.
Barber told Magistrate Saggers he hadn’t smoked cannabis in years but associates with people that do.
“You have to be careful because that comes up in your test,” Magistrate Saggers said.
Barber was fined $350 and had his licence disqualified for three months.
MOMENTS later the court heard Christopher’s son Garry also faced two charges, including drink driving and possession of cannabis.
Sgt Whiting told the court that on February 11, police intercepted Barber and subjected him to an alcohol and drug test.
Garry returned a 0.023 per cent reading while on a provisionary license.
The court heard that at 7.30pm on February 28, police attended the defendant’s home for a separate matter and while there observed cannabis on the living room table.
Garry told police he smoked cannabis to help with pain after his knee reconstruction, but does not have a medical certificate.
Garry told the court that he had given up drinking and only smoked cannabis every now and then to help with pain in his knee.
Magistrate Saggers fined Garry $250 for the driving offence and $450 for the drug offence.
His licence was disqualified for three months.
Convictions were recorded.