Baby-on-way story doesn’t measure up

A SPEEDSTER P-plater caught drink-driving by police on the Bruce Highway told officers he was driving because his pregnant wife was having contractions and he was taking her to Mackay Base Hospital.

However, the claim by Douglas Lee Lampton did not wash with Mackay Magistrate Damien Dwyer.

Lampton pleaded guilty to speeding at 119kmh in a 100kmh zone at 4.30pm on Sunday, July 27, and driving with an alcohol reading of 0.059%.

The offence was made worse because Lampton was a provisional driver and should have had no alcohol when driving.

Prosecutor Michael Ball said police noticed the grey Hyundai travelling south along the highway at speed and stopped the driver.

ATSI Legal Service defence lawyer Dave Ritchie said his client had been driving south to Mackay Base Hospital because of his wife's contractions.

However, Mr Dwyer said the point where Lampton had been arrested on the Bruce Highway was actually closer to Proserpine Hospital and that he should have gone there.

"It was a long way to drive to Mackay when your wife is having contractions," Mr Dwyer said.

Mr Ritchie said the "contractions" later turned out to be another medical condition.

Mr Dwyer found it to be "an error of judgement" and convicted and fined Lampton $300 and disqualified him from driving for one month.


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