Four-time drink drivers appeal

A TOUGH three strikes and then you’re out stance in the Coffs Harbour Local Court has seen two repeat drink drivers sentenced to serve jail terms.

Peter Michael Johnson, 39, and Phillip Adrian Grace, 54, were each convicted of their fourth drink driving charge this week and both are seeking to appeal the severity of their respective sentences.

Appearing before Coffs Harbour Local Court magistrate Darryl Pearce, the two men have been allowed conditional bail while their appeals are pending.

Both will find out if they will go to jail when the District Court sits in Coffs Harbour for two weeks starting July 26.

Stopped in Bailey Avenue on April 2 at 5.15pm, Johnson returned a reading of 0.225.

He was sentenced to six months’ jail and disqualified from driving for three years.

His driving record showed he was found guilty of a mid-range offence in 1989, a high-range charge in 1996 and another low-range matter in 2001.

Grace, meanwhile, went 0.105 after failing a breath test on Harbour Drive on April 2 at 8.35am.

The prosecution referred to Grace’s previous drink driving record, two high-range charges in 1991 and 1998 and a mid-range charge in 1997.

He was ordered to serve nine months in prison with a non-parole period of six months and disqualified from driving until April 2, 2013.|



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