University student, Edward Myles Byrne, suffered only minor injuries after crashing at high-speeds while drink driving. The 20 year old was seen running a red light at the intersection of Eyre Street and Wentworth Avenue when he then reached a speed of 140km/h in a 60km/h zone. The driver continued at high speed to overtake another car when he lost control before crashing and rolling the car several times along Bowen Drive.
The ACT Magistrates Court heard that after his collection arrangements fell through, Byrne decided to drive home from a birthday party at the Kennedy Room nightspot. Police at the scene recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.167 – the highest range of drink driving.
Byrne spent days in hospital following the accident with injuries to the tendons in his hand but had little recollection of the event that took place on February 19th. The car involved was written off and Byrne has subsequently lost his job as a waiter at Gundaroo Restaurant.
Magistrate Beth Campbell understood the remorse from Byrne and felt assured the offence would not be repeated, but even with character references describing a responsible and respected student, felt an example should be set. Byrne was fined $500 and assigned to 18 months of good behaviour and disqualification of licence.