Father of six charged with sitting in the drivers seat after a dozen beers
A FATHER of six received an intense lecture by a magistrate after police found him a dozen beers deep sitting in the drivers seat with the keys in the ignition, slurring his words and with bloodshot eyes while music played over the speakers.
Jefffrey Baoga Simiga, 43, a Soloman Islander who is currently working in Gatton was visiting Charleville to attend a friend’s party.
Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told the court at 4.50am on May 9, police observed the defendant’s car on Edwards St with the head and tail lights switched on.
Police approached his car and noticed the keys in the ignition, the radio playing music and Simiga with bloodshot eyes, slurring his words and smelling of alcohol.
Sgt Boodnifoff said the defendant produced his Soloman licence to police and admitted he had consumed 12 Great Northern mid-strength beers from 6pm the previous evening.
He said he had his last drink at 4.30am.
He returned a breath analysis reading of 0.165 per cent.
The defendant’s lawyer, F Jongkind said his client works at an abattoir in Gatton and was travelling with a friend to attend a party.
The lawyer pleaded with magistrate Saggers to consider his client has six children and is currently separated from his wife so will be significantly impacted without a licence.
Saggers said the defendant has brought this problem upon himself and should carefully consider his actions.
“It’s a very high reading and you were in the car with the ignition on, if you drive at 0.165 per cent, you would be significantly affected by alcohol,” he said.
“You put yourself at risk, your friend and anyone else on the roads.
“By committing this offence, it will have an affect on your kids, you have six kids between the ages of 7-17 years and no doubt they will have commitments for you to drive them to, they will now miss out and you put your employment at risk.
“There are significant reasons for you to be a responsible parent and citizen.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of under the influence – type two vehicle related offence.
The magistrate handed Simiga a $850 fine and disqualified him from driving or obtaining a licence for six months.
The conviction was recorded.