Pro surf star on charges

PROFESSIONAL surfer Shaun Harrington pleaded guilty to high-range drink-driving at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday.

The learner-driver was caught on Coast Road, Chinderah with more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit, no L-plates displayed on his car and no qualified passenger to supervise his driving.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to five charges and had his case adjourned to attend the traffic offenders program.

He will be sentenced on May 18.

According to police facts tendered to the court, officers saw a silver Holden Commodore travelling south on Coast Road, Chinderah at 2.30am, February 27.

Police say they stopped the vehicle because it was travelling at 70km/h in the 60km/h zone.

Harrington was the driver and police breath tested him after smelling alcohol on his breath.

The Tweed Heads man was asked to produce his licence, but he said he did not have it in the car.

He failed the breath test and was taken to the Tweed Heads Police Station where he blew .180 per cent blood alcohol concentration.

Police judged him “well affected” by alcohol.

Harrington admitted he did have his licence in the car when police checks revealed he was a learner driver. He told police he hadn't lived at the address on his licence for over 12 months and that he had since moved to Tweed Heads.

This resulted in charges of refusing to produce a licence and failing to notify of a change in address.

Checks of the Commodore also revealed no learner-plates were displayed.

Harrington told police he had consumed four schooners of Tooheys New Beer at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel that night and that he had not eaten any food.

He couldn't tell police over what period he had consumed the alcohol.

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