Man caught drink driving
A FEISTY king brown snake attacked his red ute as he left work, but an hour later after downing two beers to calm his shattered nerves, a speeding Jason Fredericks was caught doing 116 km/h in an 80 km/h speed zone.
Fredericks, 38, a builder of Casino, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court on Monday to low-range drink driving (0.05) along the Caniaba Road at 4.50pm on September 1.
Defence lawyer Vince Boss said his client ‘miscalculated’ the effect of his two drinks, although he acknowledged an aggravating feature of the offence was his speed along the rural road for which Fredericks was fined $699.
“On this day, when leaving work, he was confronted by a king brown snake about five and a half feet long which caused him concern because he was bitten by a brown snake six months prior,” Mr Boss said.
“The snake had a go at the car as he drove out and he took himself to the hotel.”
Mr Boss explained to Magistrate Jeff Linden that his client realised while at the hotel he was late for an app-ointment and did not think of his speed. He said Fredericks would lose his licence for three months on the speeding offence and had already paid the RTA fine.
Police facts stated Fredericks told officers he drank two stubbies of extra dry beer at the Richmond Hotel that afternoon and had not eaten.
Mr Linden said it was a low-range offence, but the problem was Fredericks had a previous drink-driving offence. Fredericks was fined $100 and disqualified from driving until January 10, 2011.