Magistrate urges drink driver to get 'arse into gear'

A MAGISTRATE has questioned a man's choice to work in a pub following the realisation he has a problem with alcohol.

Beau Radnidge appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court last week after he was nabbed driving while almost three times the legal limit.

Police Prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Radnidge was stopped while driving along Albion St in October, where he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.144.

The 30-year-old told the court he had since realised he had an alcohol problem and had sought counselling.

"I am ashamed of myself and that it took me this long to do something about it," he said.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey seemed surprised to hear the Warwick man was employed at a hotel.

"You were working at that pub? Not a good move, was it?" he asked.

Mr Manthey urged Radnidge to make a change.

"Get your arse into gear for the sake of your family and continue with that counselling and get your act together," he said.

Radnidge was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Mr Manthey said Radnidge's two-page criminal history had to be taken into account when sentencing.

"I wouldn't go under the six months because it would be a joke and sending the wrong message to not only you but everyone else."



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