Drink-driving embarrasses ‘role model’

Shaun Young
Shaun Young

A TASMANIAN sporting ‘‘role model’’ has been convicted for drink-driving almost two times over the legal limit after drinking at a state sporting function.

AFL Tasmania State League general manager Shaun Young, 44, who also played Test cricket for Australia in 1997 against England at The Oval, was convicted for drink-driving yesterday with an alcohol reading of .132.

The married father of two children was caught by police after drinking at a sporting function at the Wrest Point Casino in Hobart.

Lawyer Adrian Hall said Young, a ‘‘role model’’ of ‘‘high esteem’’ in the community, felt embarrassed by the offence.

He said Young had waited four hours after drinking before he drove, and had driven just a short distance from the Casino before he was apprehended on Sandy Bay Road.

Young had intended to watch his 15-year-old daughter play netball in Launceston the following day.

Launceston magistrate Reg Marron said the offence would be an embarrassment for Young, given his sporting role.

Mr Marron reminded Young of the difficulty of calculating alcohol intake.

Young was disqualified from driving for six months, with a $600 fine, and had 42 days to apply for a restricted licence.

● BEAUTY Point sportsman Jason Savage, 35, was found guilty of drink-driving for the third time yesterday.

Savage was drinking after a July football game, went home, drank some more and then believed he was okay to drive.

The Tamar Cats football captain was caught by police near the Beauty Point Football Club and blew 0.052.

Mr Marron said Savage’s two prior drink-driving offences was a problem, and disqualified Savage from driving for six months and fined him $600.