Greg Inglis Escapes Conviction For Drink Driving
Greg Inglis has been handed an 18-month good behaviour bond for the drink driving charge that cost him his Australian captaincy.
Inglis was driving back from a weekend in Dubbo where he was helping out with an indigenous NRL competition “The Koori Knockout” when he was pulled over for speeding just outside Lithgow.
Police breath tested him and he blew 0.085.
But a Magistrate let him off without a conviction because of his good character and charity work.
The South Sydney star had spent the night before drinking with mates and had a beer with his lunch in Lithgow just before he was caught on October 1 last year.
“This isn’t a man who went out in an attempt to flout the law on a bender... it was silly, some say stupid. A serious miscalculation. He thought he’d sleep it off,” his lawyer James Jordan said.
“He’s extremely embarrassed … he likes to think he was a role model, he’s ashamed.”
The 31-year-old player told the court he was distressed about how his behaviour looked to young people.
“This is not a man who takes his position lightly; he’s trying to give back to the community,” Jordan said.
The mistake cost Inglis the Kangaroos captaincy -- he was only the second Indigenous player in history to be given the job.
“This was a great honour for him and his family,” Jordan said.
Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson decided Inglis had already suffered enough.
“I can think of no more significant punishment than being stripped of the Australian captaincy under the glare of publicity... and they have done so for a long period of time,” he said.
“For the last four months you have wondered what the consequences would be.”
The Chief Magistrate accepted it was an accident.
“I accept it’s an error of judgement... it must have been a fairly heavy night before... but I accept that you did you best at that time to get it right... none of us are perfect.”
He warned Inglis not to drink and drive again.
“As a community we all are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of other members of the public,” he said.
“A licence to drive is a privilege not a right... and that responsibly off the football field is far greater than on the football field.”
Inglis has no other drink-driving offences on his record but was previously issued a fine for speeding over 10km/h.