Posted on 4/07/2014
He claimed he was only moving his car to a secure carpark after a boozy dinner with mates but police found him slumped over the wheel of his Holden Cruze directly outside the Surfers Paradise Police Station on the nightclub strip.
He returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.193 – which is almost four times the legal limit.
Yesterday he pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court and copped a $1400 fine and 12-month driving ban for drink-driving, passing a No Entry sign and failing to display P-plates.
The young league player had
already been smarting after the Titans handed down internal sanctions
last month, including a $12,000 fine and a two-match game suspension
costing him $6000 in match fees. The court was told Carter had been
ordered by the club to complete a mandatory internal alcohol management
course and the Queensland Traffic Offender Program and failure to do so
would result in his contract being “torn up”.
Solicitor Campbell MacCallum told the Southport Magistrates Court his client had suffered “more than other citizens” for his drunken behaviour but now had added incentive to change his ways.
“He is very embarrassed and ashamed about the incident,” he said.
Magistrate Michael O’Driscoll said Carter’s drunken, risk-taking behaviour could have had dire consequences.
“You put yourself at risk and the lives of Queenslanders at risk,” he said.
“I don’t know if you considered this, but if you had an accident it could have also ended your career.”
Carter kept his head down outside the courthouse but in a statement by the club he said he had learned his lesson.
“I just want to put this behind me now and concentrate on playing against the Rabbitohs next Monday night,” Carter said. “I am sorry for my actions and have learned a lesson.”