A pharmacist has been admonished for driving the short distance between the local pub and his home, at more than twice the legal blood alcohol level
Local News Corp media report that the pharmacist, who the AJP has chosen not to name, had recently moved to a small town in Queensland from NSW, in order to find work.
He watched the AFL Grand Final on television at the local pub – and stayed until last call, chatting with locals and bar staff after the event was over.
He then decided to drive home – according to his lawyer, only a few hundred metres from the pub.
He was pulled over by police and blew a blood alcohol level of 0.130, well over double the legal limit.
However, he told police that he had only consumed four beers between 9pm and 11pm.
The young pharmacist pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit.
His lawyer noted his previous good character, with no history of drink driving, and participation in a Queensland Traffic Offenders Program.
The pharmacist was disqualified from driving for four months, and will have to pay a fine of $400, though no conviction was recorded.
Magistrate Tracy Mossop told the pharmacist that she suspected he had consumed more than four beers in the time period he had told police.
“Quite frankly what you told the police you had to drink was far less than what you did.”
She said he should consider the incident to be a learning experience.
“City kid in the bush doesn’t mean you can get tanked at the pub and then drive home,” she said.
“You clearly thought you would probably be okay – but guess what, the police are just as vigilant, if not more, in small country towns than they are in the city.”