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.

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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