Drink-drivers face up to Grafton Local Court

TWO Clarence Valley residents have been admonished in Grafton Local Court for their poor choices to drive after drinking alcohol.

Lynette Domatas was the first to appear, having recorded a mid-range alcohol reading of 0.082 following a police stop in South Grafton on January 16.

On pleading guilty, the defence said the client had gone to pick up her partner from a Shannondale address because he was unable to get a taxi, but fully accepted any wrongdoing.

"Ultimately you took a decision that day to drive after drinking alcohol," Magistrate Robyn Denes said.

"This is not about a charge about drinking, it's about the decision to get behind the wheel afterwards and endanger other people's lives."

Domatas was convicted, fined $1000 and had her drivers' license suspended for six months.

Arthur Shackell also pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence, but asked for leniency in the suspension of his license as he had sick brothers outside of the Clarence Valley and needed a license to be able to visit them.

The 53-year-old was charged with low-range drink driving on January 27 after also being stopped in South Grafton, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.0666.

It was noted, however that he did not have a history that assisted him, with his last drink-driving offence believed to be in 2005.

"Your record tells me you don't take your obligations on the road very seriously," Ms Denes said.

"Again, it's ... about the peple you put in danger."

Shackell was convicted, fined $500 and issued a three month license suspension.



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