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'Tumultuous' life to blame for drink-driving offence

A 56-YEAR-OLD man said his "tumultuous” life was the reason for his charge of mid-range drink-driving.

Lionel John Krienke attended Gayndah Magistrates Court on Friday, September 27 and pleaded guilty to blowing over the middle alcohol limit, but not over the high alcohol limit.

In a statement read out by police prosecutor Sonia Edwards, the officers said they could "smell the liquor” on Krienke as they approached the car.

The defendant had consumed eight or 10 beers at the Mundubbera Motel, before being being pulled over by police, blowing 0.135.

Criminal lawyer Travis George argued that the defendant's "life had been a bit tumultuous”, due to the separation from his wife.  

Mr George also argued the defendant's criminal history shouldn't come into play, due to the fact it had been more than 30 years since his last offence.

Krienke has worked at a sawmill worker for more than 26 years and Maryborough magistrate Terry Duroux acknowledged it would be difficult for the defendant to drive to work.

Mr Duroux however disqualified him from driving for four months and imposed a fine of $900.

After recording a conviction, Mr Duroux told the defendant that he shouldn't drink and drive as "it's not rocket science”.


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