Mandurah court: serial drink driver avoids jail

Mandurah court: serial drink driver avoids jail

A MAN caught drink driving for a sixth time narrowly avoided jail when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Brian Duxbury pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, exceeding 0.08g of alcohol per 100ml of blood and no authority to drive due to a suspended licence.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Duxbury was driving a Holden Astra in Ravenswood on August 10. Police saw the vehicle weaving around and he appeared to be speeding.

Police activated their lights and sirens.

Duxbury drove on the wrong side of Beacham Road. He lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road as he drove around a corner. The vehicle became stuck in a ditch.

Senior Constable Read said Duxbury recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.124g and the roads were wet at the time.

She said it was the fourth time Duxbury had driven without a valid licence.

The court was told Duxbury had accommodation issues and had received counselling. He had since turned a corner and was more stable.

Magistrate Anne Longden sentenced Duxbury to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He was also placed on a 12-month intensive supervision order.