The Border Watch : April 11th 2014
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org Driver’s sentence suspended Mount Gambier teenager fined over drink driving incident A TEENAGER crashed his car and sped past an off-duty police vehicle in an attempt to drive five hours to Adelaide with a blood alcohol reading nearly five times the legal limit. Lee James Woolley, 19, of Mount Gambier was sentenced in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court on Tuesday for driving without due care, being so intoxicated he was incapable of controlling a vehicle and refusing to state his name and address to police. The teenager, who recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.234, said he was driving to visit his girlfriend in Adelaide after a night out. “It was a very foolish decision to make a grand gesture,” his lawyer told the court. Woolley pleaded guilty to the charges in an earlier court appearance, but was told to seek legal advice because he faced potential imprisonment. “This is go to jail stuff,” Magistrate Paul Foley told him at the time. On hearing the lawyer’s submissions on Tuesday, Mr Foley determined fines, disqualification and mandatory completion of a road trauma program were sufficient penalties. Police prosecutor Brevet Sergeant Darren Kedding read evidence from multiple witnesses who reported Woolley’s dangerous driving between 5.30am and 6.30am on January 11. The first witness saw Woolley collide with a roadside barrier and spin out of control on the Riddoch Highway before urinating and continuing on his way. Other witnesses, including a truck driver and off-duty police officer, said Woolley was travelling at speeds of up to 130kph and struggled to negotiate corners. Behaviour unacceptable A MOUNT Gambier man with a reputation for unlawful behaviour has been warned another public foul-mouthed display would likely see him locked behind bars. Brett Kennewell, 47, pleaded guilty in Mount Gambier Magistrates Court on Tuesday to a single count of disorderly behaviour at a commercial venue. Police prosecutor Brevet Sergeant Darren Kedding told the court the accused was at a Mount Gambier hotel on February 8 when he started arguing with another patron at around 9.30pm. A security officer said Kennewell was swearing and carrying on when he intervened, asking the accused to calm down. Kennewell then “faced up to” the security guard and continued using offensive language in a loud voice. Police were called to attend and restrained the accused, holding him in custody for an hour and a half. Sgt Kedding said Kennewell was not interviewed due to his demeanour and state of intoxication. The prosecutor asked the magistrate to impose a sentence that would act as a deterrent for Kennewell, who has at least four prior convictions for loitering, along with disorderly behaviour, carrying an offensive weapon and using offensive language. “It was all over the pair of sunglasses,” the accused told Magistrate Paul Foley on Tuesday. “(The other patron) was asking to give them back - they were mine.” Magistrate Foley warned Kennewell he was developing a reputation and a further offence would be met with “a very real prospect of imprisonment”. The accused was convicted and released on a six month good behaviour bond. Offender given last chance A MOUNT Gambier man was given one “last chance” to avoid jail after recording a second conviction for driving while disqualified. Travis Walker, 36, pleaded guilty in Mount Gambier Magistrates Court on Tuesday to the single charge. It was 8.30pm on July 12 that Walker was intercepted, three days after the date his licence disqualification began. Walker was disqualified from July 9 to January 8 for breaching his licence provisions. The accused told police he could not recall receiv ing any notification, but prosecutor Brevet Serge Darren Kedding showed a signed document provi Walker knew of the disqualification. The accused was convicted of the same offence, along with drink driving, in 2004. Walker was doubled over in court, clutching his back and grimacing throughout the hearing. Defence counsel John Williamson said his client was suffering a back injury. Mr Williamson repeated claims Walker was unaware he could not drive and said his prior conviction was dated. “Hopefully he can treat this as his last chance,” Mr Williamson said. Magistrate Paul Foley said someone with prior convictions should be making enquiries if they had any doubts about the status of their licence. The magistrate said jail would be very difficult for Walker due to his injury. Walker was sentenced to 21 days in jail, wholly suspended for 12 months. The Border Watch, Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5 645454 He also swerved off the edge of the road and into the wrong lane in what Magistrate Foley described as “a shocking piece of driving”. Sgt Kedding said police were forced to brake heavily to avoid a collision with the accused, who was abusive and unsteady on his feet when finally intercepted. Woolley refused to answer questions or tell police his name and address. Defence counsel John Kyrimis said his client was drinking pints of beer, “Jager bombs” and “Skittle bombs” at hotels and nightclubs through the night before the offending. Woolley stayed at a Mount Gambier nightclub until it closed and then caught a taxi home. “That was going to be the end of the night,” Mr Kyrimis said. But a Facebook photo of Woolley with two girls prompted an angry phone conversation between the accused and his then-girlfriend, who lived in Adelaide. The accused collected a few clothes and set out on what was to be a fivehour journey to his girlfriend’s house. The couple has since broken up. Mr Kyrimis said his client had blurred memories of the morning he was arrested and conceded “he might have fallen asleep” before crashing into a road barrier. “He doesn’t drink drive,” Mr Kyrimis said of Woolley. “This is demonstrated by the fact he made other arrangements to get home that night.” Woolley was fined a total $2300 and ordered to pay $921.90 in impound fees. The magistrate imposed two separate licence disqualification periods, of eight months and one year, from Tuesday. 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