Burnout driver fined thousands after recording 0.266 blood alcohol level

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Albany Justice Complex.
Camera IconAlbany Justice Complex. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

An Albany man has been fined thousands of dollars for driving recklessly with a blood alcohol content level of 0.266 in November.

Geoffrey Duncan Bishop was handed a total of $2600 in fines and a 10-month licence disqualification in the Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

Police prosecutors told the court Bishop drove his Holden Jackaroo wagon on open land near Minor Road in Orana about 6.40pm on November 10.

Bishop revved the engine, causing the tyres to lose traction on the grass surface, the court was told.

Bishop then drove onto Minor Road while reversing, causing his Jackaroo’s wheels to spin, before driving back onto the open space and “accelerating heavily”, again causing the tyres to lose traction on the grass surface.

After driving back onto Minor Road, Bishop was stopped by police, who conducted a breath test, which returned a 0.266 blood alcohol content reading.

There were onlookers at the open space but they were unharmed.

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