Repeat offender fronts court for speeding while under the influence

A drunk driver fronted court after he was caught speeding up to 130 km/h in a 100km zone, while on probationary licence.

The Roma Magistrates Court heard Matthew Eric Blayden was intercepted by Roma police at 7.20pm on November 8.

Police prosecutor sergeant David Longhurst told the court on December 16, the defendant was caught speeding 125-130 km per hour in a 100 zone.

A roadside breath analysis test was conducted and the defendant returned a reading of 0.085 per cent.

Sergeant Longhurst said this was the defendant’s second time committing a drink driving offence in a year.

“There are some aggravating factors – speed, probationary licence and this was the second time in just over a year that he’s committed this offence,” sergeant Longhurst said.

“A fine would be appropriate but the prosecution believes it should be more than three months as one takes into account the reading, speed and probation licence and it was twice in a year.”

The 23-year-old had no explanation for his actions when asked by Magistrate Peter Saggers.

“You were speeding … you were 0.085 and I agree with the prosecution it should be more than the minimum three months disqualification,” the magistrate said.

The defendant pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit and disobeying the speed limit.

He was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for four months.


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