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Roma cops bust drink driver coming back from fishing trip

A rig hand who was drinking Great Northerns while out fishing has been brought to court for drink driving.

Brody Jack Hourn, 24, was pulled over by police, the Roma Magistrates Court heard on February 3, 2021.

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Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court police found Hourn speeding and pulled him over on Charles St, Roma, for a random breath test on December 23, 2020

Sergeant Whiting said Hourn told police he had about nine or 10 Great Northern stubbies between 12pm and 6.20pm that day.

His alcohol level was 0.056, the court heard.

Solicitor Leslee Reed said Hourn mistakenly believed he was under the limit.

“He instructs that he was on a private property fishing most of the day,” she said.

“During the time he was also drinking Great Northerns.”

Magistrate Peter Saggers told Hourn he couldn’t guess how much alcohol is in his system.

“It’s safest not to drive at all,” he said.

Hourn pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit but not over the middle, and got a $250 fine and one month licence disqualification.

A conviction wasn’t recorded.

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