Licence lost after speeding home for parents’ curfew

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

An Albany P-plater has lost his licence for six months after being caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit because he was out past his parents’ curfew.

Last Thursday, Albany Magistrate’s Court heard 18-year-old Mitchell John Williams’ parents had imposed a 10pm curfew after police caught him driving with alcohol in his system in July.

During a random breath test on North Road in Centennial Park on July 4, Williams blew 0.035, attracting an excess 0.02 charge.

Less than a month later on August 2, police clocked the retail worker driving at 127km/h in a 80km/h zone on Frenchman Bay Road, five minutes past his 10pm curfew.

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At the time, Williams told police he was speeding because he was already late home.

He was charged with reckless driving for exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h or more.

Pleading guilty to both charges, Williams was handed a $1000 fine for the reckless driving offence and a $300 fine for the drink-driving offence by magistrate Raelene Johnston.

“You put yourself at risk and others at risk,” Ms Johnston said during sentencing.

He had to pay $225 in court costs.

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