A road side breath test ended in a foot chase for police after a 21-year-old man decided to make a run for it after blowing more than double the legal limit.
A road side breath test ended in a foot chase for police after a 21-year-old man decided to make a run for it after blowing more than double the legal limit.

‘Scared’ drink driver runs from RBT

The decision to flee from police after returning a positive roadside breath test has left this 21-year-old Caboolture man with a rather large fine.

Linchon Te Ra Whetu Puohotaua pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving, a charge of obstructing police and failing to comply with a licence condition in Caboolture Magistrates Court today.

The court heard police intercepted Puohotaua's vehicle at Caboolture on June 28.

After returning a positive breath test and telling police he had drunk seven beers before getting behind the wheel the 21-year-old sprinted from police.

Linchon Puohotaua was charged with drink driving and obstructing police. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
Linchon Puohotaua was charged with drink driving and obstructing police. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

The court heard he was located by police a short time later 400m away on a sports field.

He was detained and taken to the police station for further testing.

The court heard he recorded a breath alcohol concentration of 0.12 per cent.

Puohotaua also only had an automatic licence, but was found driving a manual car.

The duty lawyer said Puohotaua ran from police in panic as he was "scared" and wasn't sure what would happen.

 

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Magistrate Andrew Hackett said Puohotaua only had one relevant prior conviction, an obstruct police in July 2017.

"You have no priors for drink or drug driving, which we see a lot of in Caboolture Magistrates Court," Magistrate Hackett said.

Puohotaua was fined $250 in relation to the obstruct police charge, $800 for drink driving and $150 for not complying with a licence condition.

He was disqualified from driving for four months.

No conviction was recorded.

Originally published as 'Scared' drink driver runs from RBT


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