Grog smuggler used council car: Police



WOORABINDA is embroiled in another alcohol scandal after a council car was allegedly used to smuggle excess grog into the town.

Police charged a relative of a Woorabinda councillor at the weekend after allegedly finding two cartons of rum and cola in the council car he was driving.

Police will allege the car was intercepted on the Woorabinda Access Road at 12.35pm on Saturday, after officers observed it numerous times travelling in and out of the township.

Two children were also in the car.

Under Woorabinda's current alcohol management plan, a vehicle or a person carrying items on foot are permitted to carry no more than one carton of pre-mixed spirits (24 cans/9L), two standard cartons of beer (48 cans/18L), or two litres of wine.

In May last year, Woorabinda councillor Dorothy Else Kemp pleaded guilty to smuggling 16 litres of cask wine into the township. She was fined $250.

Woorabinda police officer-in-charge Sergeant Stewart Day yesterday said a 55-year-old man had been charged with possessing excess liquor as a result of the latest incident.

He has been issued with a notice to appear in Woorabinda Magistrates Court on February 1.

The maximum penalty for a first excess-alcohol offence is a $37,500 fine.

For a second offence it is $52,500 or six months' jail, and $75,000 or 18 months' jail for a third.

Offences can also result in a loss of vehicle.



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