A MAN caught drinkdriving and travelling at more than 60km/h over the limiton the M1 at Morisset told police he had his speed alert device set at 140km/h, Toronto Local Court has heard.
Andrew Titmarsh, 42, of Carawa Street,Wangi Wangi, was clocked travelling at 173km/h in a 110km/h zone as he approached the Morriset exitjust before midnight on June 24, court documents state.
He was pulled over by police and returned a positive breath test.
“I had about three schooners with dinner in Sydney,” Titmarsh told police.
“I didn’t know I was going that fast, I had the thing in the car set at 140km/h.”
He was taken to Morisset police station where he recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.069 and was charged with low-range drink driving.
Police issued Titmarsh with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and his license was suspended on the spot for six months.
Titmarsh pleaded guilty to low range drink driving in Toronto Local Court on Tuesday, telling Magistrate Alan Railton the drink driving was the result of a “miscalculation” and the speeding a “brain explosion”.
“You were fortunate that the police didn’t charge you with something a lot more significant,” Mr Railton said.
“173km/h in a 110km/h zone and you were affected by alcohol. “That could have been a charge of go to jail.”
He quizzed Titmarsh on his reference to the speed alert. “[You had it set] at 140?” Mr Railton said.
“Yep, being honest,” Titmarsh replied.
“I won’t criticise you for being honest, but you need a reality check, sir,” Mr Railton said.
Mr Raiton handed Titmarsh a $600 fine and disqualified him from driving for six months.