Former teacher loses licence

A TEACHER’S forced relocation from the school he worked at for 29 years, sent him on a spiral into mental illness that ended his career, the Tweed Heads Local Court heard on Monday.

Charles Wright’s life went further out of control when he crashed his car at Terranora in October last year while more than four times the legal blood-alcohol limit.

The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to high-range drink-driving. He was put on a two-year good behaviour bond and disqualified from driving for three years.

He must also complete a forum sentencing intervention plan.

The court heard Wright was driving along Parkes Road at Terranora about 9.15pm on October 22 when he swerved to hit a dog and crashed off the side of the road. His car came to a halt about 25 metres into the adjacent bushland.

Police arrived and noticed Wright was unsteady on his feet, slurred his words and smelled of alcohol. Breath analysis showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.202 per cent.

Solicitor Carl Edwards said Wright, married for 30 years and a father of three, had no previous convictions and was a responsible member of the community. He described how Wright had been forced to give up teaching after he was diagnosed with suffering from anxiety and depression, after he was forced out of the primary school he had been teaching at for 29 years.

Mr Edwards said Wright had lost track of how much he had to drink on the night of the crash.

He had been licenced since 1974 without any prior serious incident.

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