Meckering man with drink driving record loses licence for 30 months

A Meckering man with a record of drink driving has lost his licence for 30 months after driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.130g.

Bradley Phillip Cook pleaded guilty to exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood when he appeared in Northam Magistrates Court on Monday, November 5.

The court heard that at 10.21pm on Friday, October 12, Cook was driving a Toyota Landcruiser with a trailer along Goomalling-Meckering Road, where he was subject to a random breath test.

He admitted he had been drinking and recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.130g.

This was Cook’s sixth drink driving offence in 20 years, the court heard.

During his appearance Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins said Cook had a poor record.

“The only real thing saving you today is a 10-year gap in offending,” she said.

“If you continue this behaviour you have the risk of this court sending you to prison.

“When you drinking and drive you put yourself and others in great danger.”

Cook, who is a self employed mobile mechanic, said his actions were because of stupidity. 

When asked if he needed help with alcohol, he declined. 

Cook was sentenced to a 30-month disqualification from driving and a fine of $1600.