Drink driver thrown out of court for saying he has an a...hole

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

A man has been thrown out of court for telling an Albany magistrate he had an a...hole while facing dangerous driving and drink-driving charges.

Phillip Robert Daws pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving and one charge of driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.125.

Police prosecuting Sergeant Alan Dean told Albany Magistrate’s Court Daws had driven onto the lawn of the Denmark Police Station about 10pm on April 21.

The court was told Denmark police officers watched Daws driving with three tyres along South Coast Highway, with one wheel having been blown to the rim, which left an indent on the road.

He also narrowly avoided hitting another road user after performing two U-turns before stopping on the police station lawn.

Representing himself, Daws told the court police had “lied out of their a...holes”, prompting Magistrate Raelene Johnston to warn him not to swear in court.

In response Daws told the court “what, I’ve got an a...hole”, before being ejected.

Daws returned about 1pm and apologised.

He told the court he had driven to the police station that night to alert officers to an assault.

Sgt Dean confirmed that Denmark police had investigated “an incident” which took place before Daws’ offences, but said there was enough evidence for them to proceed with charges.

Ms Johnston handed Daws $2000 in fines and disqualified his licence for 17 months.

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