P-plater three times over limit

BINGE drinking is under a self-imposed ban in the life of Malin Ross after the budding real estate agent and P-plater driver was fined $1500 for high-range drink-driving.

Ross, 20, of Wollongbar, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to driving more than three times over the limit at 3.30am on February 22 with a blood/alcohol reading of 0.175 per cent.

Defence lawyer Vince Boss said his young client had taken himself to Community Health for counselling with regard to his binge drinking and had done extra modules of a Traffic Offenders Program.

He said Ross had since made ‘a bit of a turn around’ and gained some insight into the dangers of drink-driving.

He said his client intended to make a career in real estate, but this was on hold without a driver’s licence and he was now working a desk job.

Mr Boss acknowledged Ross had issues with binge drinking and was intending to do an expensive Interlock program to help with his problem.

Ross came under police scrutiny when officers observed him driving his car along Wyrallah Road in Lismore with its high beam lights on, before ‘accelerating harshly’ along Dalley Street.

Police facts stated the car was being driven east and as it turned into Dibbs Street had been driven around the incorrect side of a roundabout.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said it was a very high PCA reading, aggravated by the fact Ross was only a P-plater.

She convicted Ross of the offence, fined him $1500 and disqualified him from driving for two years, until February 27, 2012.

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