Law catches man after 17 years

THE long arm of the law has reached out and caught drink-driver Anthony Baker, who was "wanted" for 17 years.

Baker was booked for drink-driving in Airlie Beach on August 4, 1994, but he failed to appear in court in Proserpine and he has been a wanted man ever since.

Mackay police eventually caught up with him and detained him late yesterday.

He appeared in court this morning and pleaded guilty to the 1994 offence, which involved a reading of 0.103%.

The court heard that he had not come to police attention in all of those 17 years, not even for a speeding or traffic ticket.

Mackay Magistrate Ross Risson had to impose the penalty that would have been given in 1994.

Baker was fined $750 and was disqualified from driving for three months.

Topics:  court drink driving

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