Drink driver given second chance
A MAN with a terrible driving history was given a chance to seek help for his alcohol problems at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday.
The court heard Geoffrey Albert Westbrook was found slumped over the steering-wheel of his car in the Tweed Homemart car park at 5.45am on November 30 and then refused breath tests.
Police had been alerted by a member of the public that a blue station wagon had been driving on the wrong side of the road and then turned in to the shopping centre.
The court was told Westbrook had eight previous convictions for drinking and disqualified driving related charges before his appearance yesterday.
Westbrook told the court he had learned a lot at a traffic offenders program and that he had never had an opportunity to attend one in the past.
Magistrate Robyn Denes said Westbrook had an underlying alcohol problem and put him on a 18 month good behaviour bond, with a condition he be under the supervision of the probation and parole service.
Ms Denes also disqualified Westbrook from holding a licence for two years.
Westbrook claimed he had refused a breath test because he had his teeth removed days earlier, but Ms Denes was sceptical.
According to police, when Westbrook was asked to provide a breath analysis, he said: “I just f*****g gave you one, you're not getting another one”.
The court heard refusing to provide a breath test had the same penalties as high-range drink-driving.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to refusing breath analysis and reckless driving yesterday.