Under .05 yet over the limit thanks to licence mix-up

TOOWOOMBA motorist Ronald Damian Marshall would have to be considered a little unlucky.

The 40-year-old was pulled over by police on Mort St about 8.40pm, January 16, for a random breath test.

He blew 0.045 which under normal circumstances wouldn't be over the limit except that checks of his driver's licence found he was two weeks from completing a driving disqualification.

Because he was effectively unlicensed, he was subject to a zero reading because he shouldn't have been driving anyway.

He pleaded guilty before Toowoomba Magistrates Court to drink-driving and disqualified driving.

His solicitor Phil Stainton said his client believed the disqualification period had elapsed, though he conceded he hadn't checked with the Department of Transport.

His client suffered chronic depression and anxiety which at times affected his memory, Mr Stainton submitted.

Acting Magistrate Roger Stark fined Marshall $1500 and disqualified him from driving for the mandatory two years on the disqualified driving offence and another three months on the drink-driving charge.

Topics:  disqualified driving drink-driving toowoomba magistrates court

Valla search unable to find missing swimmer

An aerial view of Valla Beach.

Hopes of finding swimmer who went missing at Valla Beach are fading.

Need a break from the daily grind?

PRIZE HOLIDAY: A $1000 travel voucher is up for grabs.

Would a $1000 Flight Centre gift card help?

Car destroyed after it was left on roadside engulfed in fire

CAR FIRE: Firefighters from Sawtell were called to a burning Ford Falcon left on the side of Hulberts Rd, Sawtell on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

WATCH: Firefighters tackle car blaze late last night

Local Partners