Drink drive charge holds water
A KORORA man, who failed a roadside breath test, has paid the price for refusing to be breath analysed and insisting that police get him a glass of water.
Instead of fronting court on a drink driving charge, Byron Bruce Brasier, 38, this week answered to a more serious charge of refusing to undergo a breath analysis.
Appearing in the Coffs Harbour Local Court, Brasier gave his version of events of how he was stopped in Beryl Street on January 17 at 2.35am after spending a night at a local hotel.
When breath tested, police said he returned a reading of 0.204 – more than four times over the legal limit.
Arrested and taken to the Coffs Harbour Police Station, he was ordered to sit for 15 minutes before being retested.
But when it came time for him to supply a sample, he argued with officers saying he had a right to drink water before being tested.
Officers claimed he appeared well affected by alcohol in repeatedly refusing the test as he lent on a desk in the charge room to maintain his balance.
The sentencing magistrate took a dim view of his actions, disqualifying him from driving for 18 months and ordering him to pay a fine of $1500.