Court hears of driver's changed alcohol habits

STILL IN SYSTEM: Fisher was caught drink-driving despite waiting.
STILL IN SYSTEM: Fisher was caught drink-driving despite waiting.

A DRIVER on his P2 licence has been fined $400 and disqualified for three months for driving over the legal blood alcohol limit, despite waiting until the afternoon after a night of drinking. 

According to police, Jye Alan Fisher, 28, of Margaret Street consumed several longnecks of beer between 5pm and 1am on November 8 and 9.

When he was pulled over for a random breath test in Hill Street on 4.35pm, he still registered a reading of 0.078 and was charged with low-range PCA.

P-platers are not allowed to drive with any alcohol in their system.

Police said Fisher told them he thought he would be fine to drive because he had waited. 

In court, his solicitor Tess Mulock said her client had successfully completed the MERIT program to address drinking issues and learned about the appropriate use of alcohol and magistrate Bruce Williams said he had done “exceptionally well”.

“You’ve stuck to it and you must just feel better,” he said.