Scott Waters.
Scott Waters. Sharon Smallwood

Whitsunday council CEO pleads guilty to drink driving

THE CEO of Whitsunday Regional Council will not be able to drive for the next four months after committing a mid-range drink-driving offence.

Scott James Waters was more than twice the legal limit when he was caught driving on Waterson Way, Airlie Beach, at 2.30am on March 8.

The 35-year-old admitted consuming four Coronas and a number of glasses of red wine with dinner at a private function that night. His reading was 0.132%.

Mr Waters pleaded guilty to the charge in the Proserpine Magistrates Court where he was represented by a Brisbane-based solicitor from Human Asset Solutions Pty Ltd.

The solicitor told the court Mr Waters had stopped drinking at about midnight and only made the decision to drive because of warnings about developing Tropical Cyclone Hadi.

Mr Waters was fined $770 and disqualified from driving for four months.

After his court appearance he issued a statement saying he was very remorseful for his actions.

"I very much accept what I have done is wrong and wish to apologise to our mayor, councillors, staff, the community and my family for my actions," he said.

"In my role as CEO my personal conduct must be of the highest level. I have made a mistake and can assure that this will never happen again."

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said she was sure Mr Waters had "learned a lesson".

"While at no stage do I condone the behaviour, the CEO has followed internal protocol since the incident occurred," she said.


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