Decision to go late night metal detecting at Rockingham Beach lands man a fine

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A LATE night dash to search for precious metals has landed a man a $1000 fine.

Weni Wintana pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on Monday.

The prosecutor said Wintana was driving on Read Street at 10.41pm on October 7, when he was stopped by police.

He gave a reading of 0.167 and was disqualified from driving at the roadside.

He told police he was on his way to Rockingham Beach to go metal detecting.

The prosecutor said he did not have a prior record.

His lawyer said Wintana could not remember the incident and did not know why he did it.

He said he had been drinking beer earlier and was on break from work.

Magistrate Richard Huston found it an odd thing to do and said he should have thought of his family.

“You have a partner and young children at home and you are going metal detecting at 10.41pm at night,” he said.

“You must have known you had a high reading.

“You endangered yourself and other road users”

He was fined and lost his driver’s licence for 10 months.

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