It was not Frank Thomas Juras' brightest night when he decided to get behind the wheel after drinking - not once but twice in one night, his lawyer told a court yesterday.
Juras was fined $2450 after he pleaded guilty to charges of having a blood alcohol reading in excess of .08 and in excess of .05, driving an unlicensed vehicle and driving under suspension.
The court was told that Juras was pulled over in East Victoria Park about 8pm on September 19 and was breath tested. He had a blood alcohol reading of .081. Less than two hours after he was stopped by police, Juras was again caught driving by police, this time with his driver's licence suspended and with a blood alcohol reading of .055.
Defence lawyer Brian Mahon said it was not Juras' brightest night and before getting behind the wheel the first time, he had thought he was all right to drive.
Juras was picked up by police the second time after he decided to drive his car home because he was worried about it, the court was told.
Chief Magistrate Steven Heath said it was not the "best day of your career" and having already been stopped by police, Juras had made the "really bad" decision to drive a second time.
As a consequence, he would have to serve a long disqualification.
Juras was fined $750 and his licence was disqualified for 10 months for being in excess of .08 and fined $500 and disqualified for six months for exceeding .05.
He was disqualified for another nine months for driving under suspension, which also landed him a $1000 fine.
Juras was also fined $100 for each unlicensed vehicle offence.