Can afford a drink but not a cab

By Michael Roberts | posted on January 14, 2021

A MAN who drove at more than four times the legal alcohol limit was on the end of a hiding from an Albany Magistrate who said he should get help before he kills someone.

Codey Robert Kelly was fined $1500 and had his licensed disqualified for 10 months in Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday for blowing 0.209g out on the road.

And Magistrate Raelene Johnston was far from impressed by Mr Kelly’s conduct.

“Why do you choose to drive with ridiculous amounts of alcohol in your system,” she said.

“You either have a problem or you don’t care.” Representing himself in court, Mr Kelly said he

decided to drink-drive because he couldn’t afford a taxi home.

“But you can afford to drink?” Ms Johnston swiftly replied.

The court was told Mr Kelly had drink-driving convictions in Queensland, but WA law prevented that history being taken into account.

“I can’t jail you because that’s the way the legislation works, but if you have those on your WA record … you would be going to jail,” Ms Johnston said.

“If you do have a problem with alcohol, and it seems like you so, very much so, you should get some help before you kill yourself or someone else on the road.”