Driver acted 'silly'

JAN Michael Richards’ plans to set himself on a better path in life after facing a setback last month when he made a foolish decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking.

He had four passengers in the vehicle with him when the police pulled over the vehicle for a random breath test about midnight on February 21 in Clarke Street, Clifton.

He recorded a reading of .185.

The 33-year-old Clifton man appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday to face a charge of drink driving and despite describing his circumstances and how he was enrolled in a number of courses to set his life on track, Magistrate Anne Thacker wouldn’t have a bar of it.

“I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life ... I am trying to better myself,” Richards told the court.

“I do have an alcohol problem your honour ... I am trying to better myself for my family.”

Richards said he was participating in programs like the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service courses.

However Magistrate Thacker said this did not explain Richards’ actions on February 21, “with four adults in the car and you were very very drunk”.

To which he replied there was “no excuse for driving your honour, it was a silly choice and a silly mistake”.

Richards is currently unemployed, until after Easter when he starts work with a fencing company.

Magistrate Thacker disqualified Richards’ license for 21 months and sentenced him to six months his prison, wholly suspended for 12 months.

“It seems to me Mr Richards that imposing a fine on you would be less than useful for you and for the community,” Magistrate Thacker said.

“The bottom line is make the change, or stay off the road.”



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