Fourth drink-driving charge

CHARGED with his fourth drink-driving offence Alan George Lindsay received a nine month suspended jail sentence, but won't drive again until the RTA is satisfied he is a fit and proper person to do so.

Lismore Local Court magistrate Michael Dakin told Lindsay, 32, from Tregeagle, that previous leg injuries suffered when his mother (accidentally) ran over him in the family car should have made him more aware of the dangers motor vehicles posed.

Mr Dakin said the fact Lindsay was also a driver with just one eye following a work accident was an 'aggravating' factor, and if he re-offended while on bail he would go to jail.

Lindsay, a mechanic, was arrested at 9.30pm on July 5 with a mid-range blood/alcohol level of 0.110 after police stopped his Holden Commodore on the Ballina Road when officers noticed it travelling at 'a fast pace'.

Defence lawyer Paul Smart said his client had been through 'a rough time of late' after losing the sight in his left eye and was on his way to the Goonellabah shopping centre to buy food after having nothing to eat all day when caught by police. Acknowledging the seriousness of the offence Mr Smart pleaded that his client not receives a fulltime custodial sentence.

Mr Dakin said Lindsay had been run over by his mother (as a child) and it was 'extraordinary' that a man who suffered such injuries should then be caught drink-driving four times because 'one would think' he would be aware of the dangers of motor vehicles and the enhanced dangers with alcohol.

Lindsay's prior traffic offences also include disqualified driving that Mr Dakin said showed a general disregard for traffic laws, and drink-driving with only one eye also gave him concern as it aggravated the offence.

Lindsay was also fined $600 and disqualified from driving for 12 months, with Mr Dakin stating he was not to be reissued a licence until satisfying the RTA he was 'a fit and proper person' to hold a licence.



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