Unlicensed youth charged with DUI
A 16-YEAR-OLD Lowanna youth, who has never held a licence, was caught behind the wheel of a car in Coffs Harbour almost three times over the legal limit earlier this year.
The youth, who cannot be named due to his age, was this week sentenced to serve a 12-month good behaviour bond, disqualified from getting his licence for a year and fined a total of $400 in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.
After his arrest the driver told police he borrowed the car on February 26 to attend a party in Coffs Harbour, where he drank six to 10 cans of rum before deciding to drive at about 2am.
Police told the court the vehicle he was driving was clocked at between 80 and 90km/h in a 50km/h zone in North Coffs.
The car was tailed by officers and pulled over in Donn Paterson Drive at 2.15am.
When asked to produce identification, the teenager told officers he had just turned 16 and had never held a driver’s licence.
After failing a breath test he was taken to the Coffs Harbour police station.
Breathalysed by officers, he returned a reading of 0.130.
This week the youth was found guilty in court of mid-range drink driving, driving at excessive speed and unlicensed driving.