Drink driver nabbed twice in Toowoomba in 75 minutes

CAUGHT drink-driving twice on the same morning has left Goombungee man Joseph Lloyd Kealley with a sizeable fine and no driver's licence for 12 months.

Kealley, 28, blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.065 after being pulled over by police on Ruthven St north about 1.50am, Saturday, August 17, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Released from the watch-house, he was handed a notice to appear in court and notification his driver's licence had been suspended for 24 hours.

However, at 3.04am a police patrol again found Kealley driving on North St.

This time he blew 0.054, telling police he had no other way of getting his partner and himself home, prosecutor Senior Sergeant Bill McKenzie told the court.

Kealley pleaded guilty to both drink-driving offences as well as to driving on a suspended licence.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck told him each of the three disqualification periods would be cumulative.

He fined Kealley $2000 and disqualified him from driving for one month on the first drink-driving charge, five months on the second offence and the mandatory minimum of six months for driving with a suspended driver's licence.


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