Driver banned for 30 months after blowing three times legal limit

James Richardson, 30, of Murray Street, East Colac, was stopped by police on Menzies Street shortly after 3am on February 9.

James Richardson, 30, of Murray Street, East Colac, was stopped by police on Menzies Street shortly after 3am on February 9.

A MAN who blew more than three times the drink-driving limit will be barred from driving for 30 months. 

James Richardson, 30, of Murray Street, East Colac, was stopped by police on Menzies Street shortly after 3am on February 9. 

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said Richardson was found driving on a disqualified Queensland driver’s licence. 

“He admitted to having had about a dozen stubbies of full-strength beer,” Leading Senior Constable Mullins said. 

Defence counsel for the accused said Richardson had been depressed over a marriage separation and not being able to see his children. 

Magistrate Andrew Capell said that Richardson was fortunate to be stopped by police, given his high blood-alcohol reading of 0.175. 

“You are lucky you were caught by police ... you could have died,” the magistrate said.

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