Caffeine cravings costs driver $500

By Michael Roberts | posted on February 13, 2020

CAFFEINE cravings have cost a man $500 after he pleaded guilty in Albany Magistrate Court last Thursday to driving without a licence while on his way to pick up an iced coffee.

In what will likely be his most expensive coffee run ever, Ethan Ross Newbey was also handed a six-month driving suspension for the January 1 trip to Jerramungup Roadhouse.

The court heard Mr Newbey told police he “only came down for a bottle of Dare.”

In sentencing, Magistrate Raelene Johnston questioned why the 28-year-old father of two would take such a risk for a simple caffeine hit.

“It was an expensive bottle of ice coffee you wanted to buy,” she said.

In a separate offence, Mr Newbey pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of an illicit drug.

Prosecuting Sergeant Peter Yuswak told the court Mr Newbey had tested positive for methamphetamine and cannabis after police stopped him shortly before 4pm on September 28.

He said this was Mr Newbey’s second conviction for this type of offence.

Magistrate Johnston handed down a $400 fine and a nine-month driving suspension.

“Do not drive without authority,” she warned.

“People can go to jail for their third conviction.”

Combined, Mr Newbey will have to fork out $900, plus costs, and have to wait at least 15 months before he can legally drive again.