A MOTHER’S call to police alerting them to her son’s drink-driving prevented potential harm when police arrived in time to arrest the man before he left the driveway.
Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard the 85-year-old woman had been concerned for her son, Raymond Peter Young, who had been drinking on the night of June 19 and yet was intending to drive.
Young, 55, got into his car but, realising the gate was shut, alighted from the vehicle to open the gate, giving police enough time to arrive at the Toowoomba City home and stop him from driving any further.
Young blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.216, prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck read to the court a letter from the 85-year-old in which she said her son so well cared for her and the family residence that without him she would no longer be able to live independently at home.
She said she had called police out of concern for her son driving after he had been drinking, and that her son had since expressed shame for his actions that night.
The self-represented Young pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.
Taking into account the contents of the woman’s letter, the family’s personal circumstances and that Young had been without his driver’s licence since June 19, Mr Schemioneck said he would reduce the penalty.
Young was fined $500 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for 12 months.
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