Repeat drink-driver caught at three times the limit
A REPEAT drink-driver declared he was "embarrassed and ashamed" after being caught at more than three times the legal limit and driving the next day despite being suspended.
Christopher Lincoln Ganter fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to six charges, including one charge of driving under the influence, two charges of driving a motor vehicle other than allowed under an interlock possession, one charge of driving without a licence authority, one charge of operating a vehicle during number plate confiscation and one charge of remove, tamper or modify number plate confiscation.
On May 3, an off-duty officer alerted police to a driver who almost crashed into him on the Warrego Highway, where police intercepted him at 4pm.
Ganter was breathalysed and returned a reading of 0.192, after admitting he had consumed a bottle of wine with lunch and an interlock driver suspension notice was issued.
On May 4, CCTV video footage at the United petrol station on Warrego Highway showed Ganter pull up in a taxi at 6.55am, proceed to remove the number plate confiscation notice before entering his vehicle and driving away.
The court heard that when questioned by police about it, he lied and said his car had been towed.
Being the third high- range drink-driving charge in the past five years, Magistrate Blanch convicted Ganter, fined him $500 and sentenced him to four months wholly suspended and a suspended sentence of 18months to get help for his alcohol addiction, in which time if he re offends he may have to serve the four month sentence.
Ganter was disqualified from driving for 24 months for the driving under the influence charge and 24 months for driving while under a confiscation notice, both starting the same day.
He was also ordered to take part in counselling and a safe driving awareness program.
"It's more then obvious you have a drinking problem," Magistrates Blanch said.
"You have a blatant disregard for other members of the public."