Greek Australian property developer successfully appeals breath test refusal conviction

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A Greek Australian property developer who allegedly hurled insults and abuse at two female police officers has had his criminal case thrown out of court.

George Angelo Karageorge, who runs Sydney-based ­developers Stasia, was at Double Bay’s Cosmopolitan Cafe in March 2018 when police were alerted by a member of public who feared a drunk man was about to get behind the wheel of a black Ferrari.

According to the Wentworth Courier, police officers gave evidence in Waverley Local Court they pulled the high-performance vehicle over and the driver, Karageorge, immediately confessed to drink-driving saying, words to the effect of, “you got me”.

George Karageorge outside Downing Centre Court on Monday. Picture: Daniel McGookin/Wentworth Courier

Police alleged the property developer completed a roadside breath test, which returned a reading nearly six times over the legal limit.

The court also heard allegations Karageorge offered cocaine and flashed cash at the police officers. Karageorge was never charged for his alleged offensive behaviour but accepted he was being abusive, rude and difficult.

When taken to the police station for a breath analysis, police alleged Karageorge refused to provide a sample and he was ultimately charged with refusing to submit a breath analysis.

Property developer George Karageorge (left). Picture: Dylan Robinson/Wentworth Courier

In a District Court appeal against his Local Court conviction, Karageorge’s barrister Phillip Boulten SC denied the police officers’ version of events, raising suggestions of misconduct, and said there was doubt a roadside breath test ever took place.

By law, police must complete a breath test before requesting a more accurate breath analysis.

Mr Boulten pointed to timestamps of police radio communications which indicated a call for a caged police vehicle to pick up Karageorge following a “positive test” took place about 28 seconds before, as shown on police breathalyser timestamp, the breath test allegedly took place.

Judge James Bennett described the Ferrari driver’s behaviour as “boorish” but found it was not proved beyond reasonable doubt that a roadside breath test took place.

The appeal was upheld and Karageorge’s conviction was dismissed.

Sourced By: Wentworth Courier

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