L-plater drove drunk

A POTTSVILLE man will be without a licence for three years after being caught drink-driving on a learner's permit.

Jacob Joshua Gibson pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving unaccompanied in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday, and on top of the licence disqualification copped $1300 in fines, $146 in court costs and two three-year good-behaviour bonds.

Gibson, 23, faced the heavy penalties after Magistrate Nick Reimer was told it was his second drink- driving offence in three years, de- spite never holding an open licence.

“Your record indicates you have no regard whatsoever for the rules of the road,” Mr Reimer said.

According to police facts, Gibson was observed by police driving north on Tweed Coast Road, Pottsville at 1am on June 6 and was stopped for a random breath test, which came back positive.

Gibson could not produce a licence and police checks revealed he held a learner's permit. He was not accompanied by an “authorised person” in the passenger seat at the time.

Gibson was taken to the Kingscliff Police Station where he blew .095 per cent blood alcohol concentration.

He admitted to drinking five 275ml cans of Bundaberg rum and cola between 9.45pm and 12.30am that night.

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