‘Scared’ drink driver runs from RBT
The decision to flee from police after returning a positive roadside breath test has left this 21-year-old Caboolture man with a rather large fine.
Linchon Te Ra Whetu Puohotaua pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving, a charge of obstructing police and failing to comply with a licence condition in Caboolture Magistrates Court today.
The court heard police intercepted Puohotaua's vehicle at Caboolture on June 28.
After returning a positive breath test and telling police he had drunk seven beers before getting behind the wheel the 21-year-old sprinted from police.
The court heard he was located by police a short time later 400m away on a sports field.
He was detained and taken to the police station for further testing.
The court heard he recorded a breath alcohol concentration of 0.12 per cent.
Puohotaua also only had an automatic licence, but was found driving a manual car.
The duty lawyer said Puohotaua ran from police in panic as he was "scared" and wasn't sure what would happen.
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Magistrate Andrew Hackett said Puohotaua only had one relevant prior conviction, an obstruct police in July 2017.
"You have no priors for drink or drug driving, which we see a lot of in Caboolture Magistrates Court," Magistrate Hackett said.
Puohotaua was fined $250 in relation to the obstruct police charge, $800 for drink driving and $150 for not complying with a licence condition.
He was disqualified from driving for four months.
No conviction was recorded.
Originally published as 'Scared' drink driver runs from RBT