Police conduct roadside breath tests and saliva testing near Goolmanger in conjunction with Nimbin MardiGrass.
Police conduct roadside breath tests and saliva testing near Goolmanger in conjunction with Nimbin MardiGrass. Marc Stapelberg

Identities of Chinchilla drug/drink drivers exposed

The Chinchilla News and Queensland Police Service are joining forces to tackle the scourge of drink/drug driving.

We have devised a list of drink/drug drivers that have gone through the Chinchilla court system over the past three months, July-August.

This monthly list of shame will act as a deterrent - if you don't want everyone to know you have put the lives of other motorists at severe risk through irresponsible behaviour, then simply don't drink or drug drive.
 

Police called to deal with half-naked, drug driver in Miles

HALF-naked and hardly able to walk, that's the condition police officers found Brendan James Willett in when they were called to a traffic incident.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 23 that on April 2, at 7.55am, Miles police were called to a serious traffic incident.

Full story here.


Chinchilla dad drives drunk after seven hour drinking spree

AFTER drinking heavily for several hours and blowing a BAC nearly three times the limit, a Chinchilla father said he drove drunk just to check his car was running properly.

Brock Leslie Tatum faced Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, and pleaded guilty to one charge of driving while over the middle alcohol limit.

Full story here.


Drunk driver spends night in cell after abusing police

IN A fit of alcohol-induced rage after an argument with her birth mother, Wendy May Parker took her anger out on police, hurling abuse and obscenities at them and threatening to spitting in their faces.

The woman travelled to Chinchilla from New South Wales to collect her father's ashes, but tried to drink her problems away when her mother refused to hand them over, Chinchilla Magistrates Court heard.

Full story here.


Drink driver in Chinchilla court with $30,000 in SPER debt

MAGISTRATE Tracy Mossop was forced to impose probation on a drink driver who had racked up a SPER debt of $30,000.

Adam Richard Alexande Benko faced Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 20, and pleaded guilty to four charges including driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of used drug utensils, possession of a knife, and driving an unsafe vehicle.

Full story here.


Smoking a billy the night before lands Miles driver in hot water

WHEN a Roma policing unit pulled over a Miles man driving on Murilla St - it didn't end well for the driver.

On Thursday, September 3, the Chinchilla Magistrates Court heard Robert John Smith had been smoking cannabis the night before jumping behind to wheel of his car.

Full story here.


Big night ends in court date for Dulacca driver

A MAN making his way home to Brisbane after a big night out was pulled over by police at Dulacca and returned a positive roadside breath test.

Jasper Anthony Yeuell faced Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 6, for driving while over the general alcohol limit.

Full story here.


Man charged with killing child faces court for drink driving

TANE Saul Desatge who was charged with killing a child, appeared in Chinchilla Magistrates Court via video link for a charge dating back to December 2019.

The court heard on Christmas Eve Desatge drove while under the influence of alcohol because he was out looking for 'dumpers' - picking up used and discarded cigarettes.

Full story here.

 

Pregnant mother charged with drink driving on Warrego Hwy

A PREGNANT mother a two was found to be driving while drinking a beer and over the limit, Chinchilla Magistrates Court has heard.

Danielle Marie Lanigan, 34, pleaded guilty to three charges on Thursday, July 23; drinking while driving, driving over the middle alcohol limit, and driving without a licence.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana said after being pulled over on the highway, Chinchilla police issued a road side breath test which returned a positive reading of 0.135.

Full story here.

 

QGC worker knowingly drove drunk from camp after test

BLOWING into the breathalyser at her worker's camp, QGC worker Isabel Stuart saw she was over the limit from drinking the night before but chose to get behind the wheel of her utility vehicle anyway.

The Chinchilla Magistrates Court heard Stuart was intercepted by police at 8.44am on her driveway, after they received a tip off about a suspected drink driver on February 22.

Full story here.

 

Father of three blows nearly three times over the limit

AN AFTERNOON on Great Northerns proved costly for a Miles father of three who relies on his licence to support his children aged six, eight, and nine.

The Chinchilla Magistrates Court heard on Thursday that Lindsay Allan Combarngo was pulled over by police on Thursday, June 4, in Miles.

Police prosecutor Jodie Tahana told the court Combarngo was pulled over at 7.55pm for a breath test which returned a reading over the middle alcohol limit of 0.144.

Full story here.

 

P-plater busted driving on cocktail of drugs

WHEN police pulled over a young man from Tara officers soon discovered the P-plater behind the wheel had taken a cocktail of drugs.

Police prosecutor Jodie Tahana said the incident occurred at 11.38am on February 6, when Tristen Jay William Northard was pulled over on in Tara

Full story here.

 

Dangerous driving on Warrego Hwy leads to loss of licence

WHEN police in a small southwest Queensland town saw Angus David Mawn driving recklessly along the Warrego Highway, they knew something wasn't right.

Mawn appeared in the Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 9, to face a charge of driving over the general driving limit.

Full story here.

 

Chinchilla man on P's loses licence for drink driving

THE court heard Chinchilla police were patrolling in town when they noticed a car suddenly swerve - immediately raising their suspicions.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana said police then pulled over the car which was being driven by Rohit Chhabra on Pilkington St.

Full story here.

 

International worker caught drink driving in Miles

IN THE 270 metres an international worker had to drive from a Miles pub to his girlfriend's house he was caught drink driving by police, a Chinchilla court has heard.

William Cory Freeman pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit at Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 23.

Full story here.

 

Suspended driver busted drunk behind the wheel

LATE-night drinks at the Club Hotel proved costly for Christopher Ian Massey, 48, after police found him sitting behind the wheel of a car smelling strongly of alcohol.

The Chinchilla Magistrates Court heard the newly employed man was driving along Price St at 10.54pm when police noticed his car take a corner too fast onto Zeller St.

Full story here.


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