Magistrate's warning: drive again and you're going to jail
IF BRIAN Steven Harris gets behind the wheel in the next two years, it's likely he'll end up in prison.
That was the blunt message from Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll to the man who had come before him for a second driving offence.
Harris pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today to driving while disqualified and driving over the middle alcohol limit.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Darrell Dalton said officers pulled Harris over as he was driving along Gladstone Rd at 11.40pm on May 7.
The court heard Harris told police he was disqualified.
When breath tested, Harris returned a reading of 0.124.
Harris told the court he was a single father and had "taken to drink" following the death of his own dad.
He said he had moved in with his elderly mother and was concerned about how long she would hold a licence for.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll asked Harris if his mother would be willing to visit him at the Capricornia Correctional Centre if he was imprisoned for further driving offences.
Mr O'Driscoll asked if Harris didn't think he was "fair dinkum" when he warned him previously not to drive while disqualified.
"If you drive again you will be leaving the court by the side door," Mr O'Driscoll said.
Harris was fined a total of $2250 and disqualified from driving for two years.