Three caught at breath-test checkpoints

  • Police conducting roadside sobriety checks (Photograph by Paul Johnston)

    Police conducting roadside sobriety checks (Photograph by Paul Johnston)


Three men were banned from the road for drink-driving after they were caught at roadside breath-test checkpoints.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Marcus Bean, 39, was stopped after he rode his motorbike through a checkpoint on Harbour Road, Paget, despite being signalled to pull over.

The court heard that officers chased and stopped the Warwick man. They arrested Bean after he said he had been drinking.

Bean admitted drink-driving, as well as a charge of driving without a valid licence on December 7.

He told the court: “I lost my mother, but I take full responsibility.”

Stephen Tucker, 63, was stopped by officers in the early hours of December 22 at a roadside sobriety check on Reid Street in Hamilton.

Tucker, from Warwick, admitted he had been drinking.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving.

He told the court: “It was Christmas and I did consume one or two extra.”

Dean Porter, 41, was stopped on his motorcycle by police on December 21 near the junction of Spanish Point Road and North Shore Road in Pembroke.

Porter, from Pembroke, also pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

On Wednesday, senior magistrate Juan Wolffe banned all three from driving for 18 months, and fined them each $1,000. Bean was also fined $200 for driving without a licence.

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