Christmas Eve drinks end with jail sentence

A 26-year-old man who was getting in the festive spirit early on Christmas Day last year pleaded guilty to three charges in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday and was sentenced to time behind bars.

Joshua Terence Charles Kemp was caught drink driving with a court disqualified learner licence at 5.20am when police nabbed him driving from Yeppoon to Koongal.

The court heard police caught up with Kemp after he failed to provide identifying particulars on a previous unrelated matter but a road-side breath test landed the father in more hot water.

Kemp told police he drank 18 stubbies between 7pm the night before and 3am the same day before recording a blood alcohol content of 0.097%.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court Kemp's learner drivers licence had been disqualified by a court for three years in September 2013.

Mr Fox said there were two other people in the car at the time, including a young child.

Kemp pleaded guilty to one count each of driving without a licence, drink driving and contravening the direction of police.

Magistrate Cameron Press said it was the third time Kemp had appeared in court for disqualified driving offences.

"Personal deterrence is certainly a matter I have to regard here," the magistrate said.

"If you come back before this court with a disqualified driving offence again, it is obvious where you will be going."

Kemp was sentenced to six months in prison, wholly suspended for three years, fined $1100 and disqualified from driving for three years and eight months.

Traffic convictions only were recorded.


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