Jail time for repeat drink-driver

A JUDGE had no choice but to send a repeat drink-driver to jail after he returned a ”grossly intoxicated” blood-alcohol reading, a court has heard.

Gregory Christopher Verity, 38, pleaded guilty today in the Southport District Court to dangerous operation of a vehicle with circumstances of aggravation on August 29 last year.

The court was told Verity was driving on Frank Street at Labrador with a blood-alcohol level of .275 when he mounted a median strip and collided with oncoming traffic about 8.30pm.

The court heard a female driver was taken to Gold Coast Hospital with soft tissue injuries.

Prosecution said Verity was disqualified at the time of the offence and had two previous convictions for drink-driving.

Verity’s lawyers said their client was an alcoholic attempting to rehabilitate.

Judge John Newton said legislation required a custodial sentence be imposed.

He sentenced Verity to two years’ jail with a fixed parole date set for December 11 this year.

Resource: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2011/05/11/314475_crime-and-court-news.html


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