‘Zero excuse' for drink-driver

A WORKER on the Ballina bypass has been disqualified from driving for three years following his fourth drink-driving offence.

Blake Kelly, 31, a steel fixer of Lennox Head, pleaded guilty to high range drink-driving of 0.19, nearly four times the legal limit, in Ballina at 12.15am on June 13.

Police stopped Kelly after seeing him driving a white Toyota Hilux along River Street and found him to be unsteady on his feet with his breath smelling strongly of alcohol.

He told police he drank four schooners at the bowling club in Cherry Street.

Magistrate Alex Mijovich fined Kelly $1500 and ordered that he be disqualified from driving until June, 2013. He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of community service work.

Defence lawyer Luke Harrison told the court his client was out drinking with friends before receiving a phone call from his tearful girlfriend wanting him to pick her up.

Instead of getting a taxi for her Kelly drove.

Mr Harrison acknowledged his client was facing a possible jail sentence because of his previous offences, but none of the drink-driving offences had been within the past five years.

The magistrate told Kelly he had‘zero excuse' and it was time he grew up because he could not continue to roll the dice, with most drivers going a lifetime without being convicted of drink-driving.

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