Police random breath tests can be anywhere, any time, as a young Goonellabah carpenter found out at 10.30am recently when he was arrested after a six-hour drinking session the previous night.
Police random breath tests can be anywhere, any time, as a young Goonellabah carpenter found out at 10.30am recently when he was arrested after a six-hour drinking session the previous night.

Early consequence for night out

IT WAS more than 10 hours after the last drink of his Friday night bender and Luke Joseph Nilon was in need of a hearty breakfast.

He knew he’d had a big night, but Nilon only discovered how big when police pulled him over for a breath test and discovered he was still well over twice the legal limit.

Nilon, a 23-year-old carpenter from Goonellabah, this week pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to a mid-range drink-driving charge.

“I’d had a big night on Friday,” Nilon, who was representing himself, told Magistrate Robyn Denes.

“You were still 0.125 the next morning ... it must have been a huge night,” Ms Denes responded.

“If you’d been low-range I might have dealt with it differently, but it’s almost still high-range at 10.30 in the morning. What time did you stop drinking?”

Police facts to the court said Nilon’s last drink had been at midnight, after downing up to a dozen full-strength schooners of beer between then and 6pm Friday.

It wasn’t just the breathalyser that noticed Nilon had a few too many. Police who stopped him reported Nilon’s eyes were watery and bloodshot and said they could still smell alcohol on his breath.

Nilon told the court his work took him all over the Northern Rivers, leaving him heavily dependent on his licence.

Ms Denes fined him $600 plus another $76 court costs and disqualified him from driving for six months.



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