Emma Channon

'Appalling' serial traffic menace gets six-year ban

A MAN'S "appalling" traffic history has caught up with him and resulted in him being stripped of his driver's licence for more than six years.

Nigel Alan Swift appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to eight traffic offences, including two counts of drink driving and driving while unlicensed, uninsured and unregistered.

The court heard the 32-year-old was the passenger in a single-vehicle accident in Toowoomba on June 22.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann told the court his injured client "panicked" following the crash and drove the damaged vehicle from the scene.

Police located the father of three at the Toowoomba Hospital that day and Swift admitted his involvement to police.

Officers observed Swift to have slurred speech and "glassy, bloodshot eyes", which led to him being charged with a high-range drink driving offence.

No blood-alcohol reading was obtained and Swift was charged on the basis of his appearance.

The following month, an unlicensed Swift was observed by police to be driving an unregistered vehicle along Tor St at Toowoomba while also drunk.

He returned a reading of 0.129 on that occasion.

Magistrate Graham Lee scolded the former Warwick man on his "appalling traffic history" and said he was going to be off the road for a "long, long time".

Swift, who the court heard had racked up six pages of history, was fined $3940 and disqualified from driving for six and a half years.



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