High range drink driver said he only had two light beers
A Tweed man says he’d minimised his drinking to just two light beers despite being caught high range drink driving.
Boyd William Reeds, 47, pleaded guilty in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday to drink driving.
Court documents reveal on February 20, at 10.50pm, police were conducting patrols when they saw a vehicle turn from Leisure Drive onto Darlington Drive, turning very wide.
Police stopped the driver, Reeds, and asked if he had consumed any alcohol.
He said “yes I have had a couple”.
He returned a positive reading and was taken back to the police station.
There he returned a blood alcohol concentration of 0.157.
He told police he’d consumed several beers at the Twin Towns Banora Point club.
His licence was immediately suspended.
Defence lawyer Russell Baxter told the court Reeds had just about given up drinking after he lost a major work contract in the 2000s.
“He realised ‘I can only drink light beer’,” Mr Baxter said.
He said on the night in question he had drunk his standard two light beers but met with some people he knew who convinced him to drink wine.
“He’s fallen back into those habits that stopped 20 years ago,” he said.
Mr Baxter told the court his client had completed the traffic offenders program and had pleaded guilty at the earliest possible occasion.
Reeds was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months, back dated to the date of his suspension.