MEMBER for Northern Tablelands and former Gunnedah mayor Adam Marshall has lost his licence for nine months and been issued with a $2000 fine for drink driving.
Mr Marshall appeared in the Glen Innes courthouse this morning.
The court heard Mr Marshall’s drink driving offence followed 17 counts of speeding, which he said contributed to a driving record he was not proud of.
Magistrate Karen Stafford said she was aware Mr Marshall’s actions had been publicly chastised through recent media coverage and that, as part of his public standing, the offence had caused him to surrender two of his ministerial roles as temporary speaker of the Legislative Council and deputy chair of the State and Regional Development Committee.
Following his court appearance, Mr Marshall said he fully intended to publically accept the consequences of his actions and that the electorate would not suffer as a result.
Mr Marshall had called himself a “bloody idiot” after he was pulled over by police in Glen Innes and blew 0.112 - more than twice the legal limit - on June 27. He said he was travelling a few blocks from a Glen Innes hotel to the motel where he was staying.
“I deeply regret my actions,” Mr Marshall said following the incident.
“Although I thought I was ok to drive, I wasn’t. I drank and drove – I was a bloody idiot.
“I would like to sincerely apologise to the community, my friends and family for my actions.”