Mandurah driving offences clog court

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A man who pleaded guilty to obstructing police by parking his car in front of a speed camera, was one of the long list of traffic related offenders before the Mandurah Magistrates Court, on Friday.

John Patrick Thomson, 31, who represented himself, told the court he blocked the device on Pinjarra-Williams Road on March 17, because he did not think the camera had been calibrated.

Thomson was fined $100 and $190.85 costs.

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Jiah Gordon Minifie, who had no prior record, pleaded guilty to driving along Peelwood Parade in Halls Head with a blood alcohol reading of 0.120.

Minifie told the court he was sorry he had put the community in danger, and did not think he was over the limit before he got behind the wheel just before midnight, on April 9. 

Magistrate Brian Gluestein told the court he had seen 30 other people this week in court who said they were not aware they had consumed more than the legal blood alcohol limit before driving. 

“You’re your worst enemy when calculating,” he said. “If you’re going to drive, have zero.

“Then you can have a smile on your face when you are stopped by police.”

The mistake cost Minifie $600 and his licence was suspended for eight months. 

Meanwhile, Cheryl Ann Rubery, 54, pleaded not guilty to driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Rubery told the court she accepted the blood alcohol content, which was not read to the court, but said the medication she was taking following an operation had made the reading higher than it should have been.

Ms Rubery claimed she would not have drank more than the legal limit because she had been charged before and had learnt her lesson. 

She will reappear for trial in the Mandurah Magistrates Court, on September 20.