Drink driver cops a $350 fine and a good behaviour bond

GUY Thomas Peter Thurston was described unflatteringly in court yesterday as an irresponsible driver.

The Coffs Harbour 27-year-old copped a 12-month good behaviour bond, a 15-month driving disqualification and was fined $350 with $70 court costs for mid-range drink-driving. His reading was .105.

Coffs Harbour Local Court heard it was his third drink-driving offence in seven years.

Barrister Kim Roser told the court Thurston was pulled over for a random breath test in Coffs Harbour on February 28 after a drive through back streets.

He had earlier been fishing with a mate at the marina, where they drank alcohol, and they returned home to eat their catch and drink some more.

“Mr Thurston volunteered to drive his friend two kilometres to the Bailey Centre for his friend to collect his lift,” Mr Roser said.

“It was obviously a stupid decision.”

Thurston, he said, was 'very surprised his reading was as high as it was'.



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