Omer Hassan Eltayeb, 34, leaves the Darwin Local Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to drink-driving and driving without due care after crashing his road train on the Stuart Hwy in May 2018. Picture: Jason Walls
Omer Hassan Eltayeb, 34, leaves the Darwin Local Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to drink-driving and driving without due care after crashing his road train on the Stuart Hwy in May 2018. Picture: Jason Walls

Drink-driving truckie taken off the road

A TRUCKIE busted drink-driving after losing control of his road train on the Stuart Highway last month has been banned from the road.

The NT News reported that Omer Hassan Eltayeb, 34, pleaded guilty in the Darwin Local Court to driving a vehicle with a gross mass of more than 15 tonnes with alcohol in his blood and driving without due care.

The court heard Eltayeb was driving the truck between Larrimah and Daly Waters on the evening of May 5 when he "lost control" and swerved off the road.

Road train drivers must have a blood-alcohol content of 0.00 and while a disqualification is only mandatory for a second offence, Mr Cavanagh said a three-month ban was warranted in the circumstances.

Eltayeb was also fined $1000 and must pay $300 in victim levies.

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