Man fined for drink driving and warned over carrying weapon

HE had planned to have just one beer. But one led to a second and so on.

After 10 or 11 beers, Nicholas Troy Anthony Black still decided to get behind the wheel of his vehicle. On July 3 around 12.40am, Black was pulled over by a mobile patrol on George St, Rockhampton, during an RBT.

He returned a positive blood alcohol content reading of 0.103.

While being transported back to the station, police discovered Black was carrying a knife in a leather pouch clipped to his belt.

Charged with driving a motor vehicle over the middle alcohol limit and possessing a knife in a public place, Black pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Thursday (to both offences) and was fined $700 and disqualified for driving for five months.

Noting previous weapon-related offences, Magistrate Cameron Press sentenced Black to two months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

"The days of fines are over," Mr Press said. "You need a strong deterrent." A request for the return of the knife was declined.