Resident Medical Officer Ravin Govindaraju was charged for drink-driving at Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Resident Medical Officer Ravin Govindaraju was charged for drink-driving at Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Mackay doctor stung with drink-driving charge

A MACKAY doctor who has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic has been charged with drink-driving.

Resident Medical Officer Ravin Govindaraju, who works at Mackay Hospital and Health Service, was intercepted during police patrols on River St at 12.20am on June 7.

Police observed Govindaraju's sedan driving along Sydney St.

More Stories:

Mackay region's break-in hot spots

Couple haunted by brutal death five years on

'Keyboard warriors' warned: Don't add to the crime rate

Govindaraju submitted to a roadside breath test which provided a positive result.

He told police he had drunk three whiskeys (20ml each) mixed with water.

Govindaraju said his latest drink had been 15 minutes prior and he had been rushing to see his partner who had been feeling unwell.

Govindaraju, who pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to drink-driving, blew 0.082 BAC.

He told police he had tried to get an Uber but could not find any in the area.

More Stories:

What these Qld prisoners get to eat might shock you

SPEED: Lives destroyed in seconds

SILENT KILLER: 'It just looked like a sleeping baby'

"He's more than 1.5 times over the limit," Magistrate Damien Dwyer said.

"I normally say in these circumstances, sir, that you should go and talk to a doctor about the dissipation of alcohol in your system when people get it wrong like you.

"You might want to have a cup of tea and talk to a colleague because you were a long way out."

No conviction was recorded. He was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for two months.

Subscriber benefits:

How to make the most of your digital subscription

Daily puzzles and Sudoku another reason to stay subscribed



Businesses lose $10K every week, many ‘will not make it’

Premium Content Businesses lose $10K every week, many ‘will not make it’

An industry leader says many businesses face shutting their doors

Grafton train station in line for an upgrade

Premium Content Grafton train station in line for an upgrade

Clarence Valley small businesses will be able to take part in the design and...

Asphalt work to take place on new Maclean interchange

Premium Content Asphalt work to take place on new Maclean interchange

Changed traffic conditions and local detours will be in place at the Maclean...