‘Worst drink driver’ disqualified for life

Tim EdmundsThe West Australian
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A magistrate described an Albany man’s drink-driving record as one of the worst she had seen when handing him a life disqualification from driving.

Paul Anthony Hepworth avoided an immediate jail term in the Albany Magistrate’s Court after being caught drink driving last month for the 10th time. The court heard Hepworth, 39, was stopped by police on Middleton Road on November 11 and recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.162.

He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol for the fourth time.

He was also charged with breaching his extraordinary licence and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Magistrate Raelene Johnston warned Hepworth that if he committed an offence in the next 18 months, he faced seven months in jail.

She said his drink-driving record was “one of the worst” she had seen, noting six previous convictions for driving in excess of 0.08 and three driving under the influence charges. “You and your car are a lethal weapon when you are driving in that state,” she said.

He was also fined $500 for breaching his extraordinary licence and $200 for possessing drug paraphernalia.

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