RAAF drink-driver fined $1550

TROY Thoms was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit when he crashed his car off Tweed Coast Road in May this year.

Thoms pleaded guilty in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday to high-range drink-driving, refusing to disclose his identity and hindering police officers in the execution of their duty.

The court heard that when police arrived at the scene of the Hastings Point accident at 4.30am, May 1, Thoms and another man were being treated by ambulance officers.

An extensively damaged Mitsubishi Magna, registered in Thoms’ name, was about 100m away from the road, resting between two trees.

Police questioned Thoms and his friend at The Tweed Hospital about what happened and who was driving, but both men refused to say who the driver was.

Further calls on June 10 confirmed that Thoms was the driver and that he had told his passenger not to answer any police questions.

A blood sample Thoms supplied returned a blood alcohol concentration of .160 per cent.

The 21-year-old RAAF serviceman was disqualified from driving for two years and fined a total of $1550 with $76 court costs.



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