Sergeant Oates leaves court
Sergeant Oates leaves court

Shamed and sorry sergeant

GAVIN George Oates should have known better than to get behind the wheel of a car at the end of a big night out.

But the 35-year-old police sergeant yesterday paid the price for his actions when he faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

The Townsville-based officer was hit with an $800 fine and had his licence suspended for seven months after he was caught drink-driving in Rockhampton on Saturday morning.

Prosecutor Kay Schick told the court officers saw Oates' ve- hicle parked on the side of the road in Denham Street shortly after 5am with an indicator left on and the door slightly ajar.

They approached Oates and asked him to submit to a breath- alyser test which revealed a reading of 0.149%.

Oates' solicitor Amy Gomersall said her client admitted he had made the wrong decision in driving from the Criterion Ho- tel to Denham Street.

She said Oates had driven to the hotel on Friday night to catch up with friends but "hadn't planned on drinking that much''.

However, he was having fun and decided to stay longer, eventually moving to Strutters Nite Club where he started drinking ouzo and cola.

He returned to his vehicle after realising he had left valu- ables behind and made the decision to drive.

Ms Gomersall said Oates had shown remorse for his actions and was already facing disciplinary action from the service.

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