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Accused admits to not making smart decisions

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

“Kidnapped and bashed” was a man’s ultimate reasoning when caught by police driving intoxicated on a busy Bacchus Marsh road.
Stormy Rowlands was travelling east along the Main Street of Bacchus Marsh when he was intercepted by police.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the Bacchus Marsh Magistrates court on Friday 14 June, that police intercepted Rowlands because they recognised his registration from an earlier, unrelated matter.
Upon being intercepted, police said Rowlands allegedly became “abusive and uncooperative”, Rowlands telling police that he had been “kidnapped and bashed” prior to being pulled over.
“I was in control of what I was doing but I wasn’t making smart decisions,” Rowlands told Magistrate Ron Saines. “I’m just trying to get my life back together. I accept all responsibility.”
Rowlands was suspended from driving for a period of 11-months, he was also issued a $750 fine with an additional $82.40 in court costs.