A Mount Isa man has been convicted and fined with mid-range drunk driving offence in Mount Isa Magistrates Court.
Sergio Simao De Assis Junior was disqualified from driving for three months and fined $500 after pleading guilty to driving while over the middle alcohol limit but not over the high alcohol limit in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Wednesday April 7.
Police Prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis said De Assis Junior was intercepted by police on March 13 for an alcohol breath analysis.
"Police intercepted a vehicle driven by the defendant on Nineteenth Avenue, Mount Isa and returned a blood alcohol breath analysis of 0.104," Gillis said.
"The defendant said he had been drinking at the Irish Club, consumed about five schooners of VB (Victoria Bitter) and thought he would be under the limit when he chose to drive."
Anderson Telford Lawyers solicitor H Trentin represented De Assis Junior and said he had no prior traffic or criminal history.
"He was born and raised in Brazil, studied engineering there and moved to Australia in May 2019. He moved to Western Australia to work in a mine, before moving to Mount Isa in August 2020 to commence work at Glencore," Ms Trentin said.
"This is a plea at the earliest opportunity which shows remorse, it is his first time offence, he has no traffic history or criminal history.
"He also participated in the Q TOP (Traffic Offender Program) and am supplying the copy of that certificate and documentation with a character reference also."
Magistrate Trinity McGarvie said she hoped De Assis Junior had gained some insight into the risk he posed to the community by offending.
"It was a significant reading, you should have never assumed you were capable to drive after five schooners of Victoria Bitter," Magistrate McGarvie said.
"It was an inappropriate decision to get behind the wheel of the vehicle and a risk to the entire community.
"I balance that against your good character, employment and contributing to the community, no previous history and you participated in the Q TOP program.
"You're convicted and fined $500 and licence disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for three months."
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