GUILTY: A man faced court charged with driving under the influence.
GUILTY: A man faced court charged with driving under the influence.

Repeat drink-driver makes questionable decision

ROGER John Maher decided to drive eight blocks instead of walking them, and it proved to be costly.

When he was intercepted by police in Murgon he was slurring his words and blew 0.12.

Magistrate Louisa Pink questioned why Maher, who has a history of drink-driving offences, didn’t walk.

“It is a two-edged sword. On the one hand it is ‘oh well he wasn’t driving far,’ but on the other hand, why wouldn’t he just walk,” Ms Pink said.

“Clearly, you cannot estimate when you can drive because if you are trying to estimate when you can drive you clearly are very bad at it.”

He was intercepted by police driving on Douglas St at 8.40pm on October 20.

In addition to drink-driving, checks revealed his driver’s licence had expired in 2018 and police also found a pipe in his car.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens questioned when Maher would learn his lesson.

“How many times does Mr Maher have to be told that it is totally unacceptable to be drink driving?” he said.

“He is a danger to himself and other road users.”

While he had previously been placed on probation for two years and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for drink-driving, Ms Pink recognised he had abstained from drink-driving since 2017.

Maher was fined $800 for drink-driving and disqualified from driving for five months.

For driving without a licence, he was fined $150, and for possession of a pipe he was placed on a three-month good behaviour bond with a recognisance of $250.