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Two drinks put international driver right on legal limit

A SPANISH national in Toowoomba to assist with the Second Range Crossing build has been fined after blowing 0.05% at a random breath test earlier this year.

Prosecutor Mike Robinson told Toowoomba Magistrates Court police intercepted Juan Alberto Pinto Hiniesto, 39, for a random breath test on Neil St in the early hours of May 21.

Sergeant Robinson said there was nothing adverse about his driving, and Pinto Hiniesto told officers he'd consumed two gin and Cokes while out with colleagues.

Sgt Robinson said Pinto Hiniesto didn't consider the drinks would have put him over the legal alcohol limit.

Solicitor Courtney Gleeson said her client had a "very special skill" and was in Australia on a 12-month work contract to assist with the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing build.

Ms Gleeson said her client, from Madrid, Spain, held an international licence while in Australia, and had a clean driving history in his home country.

Magistrate Kay Ryan said it was better to not drive if having consumed alcohol.

She fined him $350 and ordered no conviction be recorded.
 

Topics:  drink driving toowoomba crime toowoomba magistrates court


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