Driving licence up in smoke
BLAIZE PARTER'S addiction to nicotine proved his downfall.
His decision to drive to get a packet of cigarettes yesterday cost him three months in jail.
At Grafton Local Court he was found guilty of speeding, drink driving and driving while disqualified.
On October 31 last year, Parter was clocked by police doing 176kmh on the Pacific Highway at Halfway Creek.
When pulled over by police the 25-year-old said he was in a hurry to get some cigarettes.
Smelling alcohol on his breath, the officer asked for Parter's licence, to which he replied: “I don't have one, I'm suspended.”
Parter was taken to Grafton police station where he recorded a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.135.
Magistrate David Heilpern said in his view the penalty must be a custodial sentence.
Parter was jailed for three months and disqualified from driving for five years.
He immediately lodged an appeal against the
severity of his sentence and was granted unconditional bail.