Serial drink driver has license disqualified for more than 3 years

Desmond Patrick Miniter fronted Albany Magistrates Court on drink driving charges.  (Photo: Great Southern Weekender. )

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A GNOWANGERUP man who was pulled over driving at more than twice the legal alcohol limit without a licence has been fined $2900 and disqualified from driving for 39 months.

Albany Magistrates Court heard Desmond Patrick Miniter plead guilty to one count of no authority to drive, exceeding 0.08g of alcohol and possessing drug paraphernalia. 

Police Prosecuting Sgt Dave Loverock said Mr Miniter was driving a Holden Commodore on March 25 at 10pm in Albany when he was pulled over for a random breath test.

Mr Miniter blew 0.139 and admitted to police he didn’t have a current driver’s licence.

Sgt Loverock told the court police officers searched the car and found a glass smoking implement in the centre console containing cannabis. 

Mr Miniter had four previous drink driving offences on his criminal record.

The farm hand’s defence lawyer said her client was driving to the shop to get cigarettes and was grieving a family member who had passed away that day.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said Mr Miniter needed to “take some other steps” to control his grief and drinking habits.  

“It is unfortunate the circumstances of which you were driving,” she said.

Mr Miniter was ordered to pay court costs of $248.70.

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