Drink drive idiot ends up in drain

A MAN who drank seven beers before attempting to drive on the Pacific Highway lost control of his car and slammed into a drain on Wednesday night.

The reckless incident was one of two in Woolgoolga that saw breath tests return readings of .22 and .180.

And their behaviour will put them before Coffs Harbour Local Court next month.

The first incident happened at 8.50pm on Wednesday when a Woolgoolga man, 34, drove his Ford Corsair north on the highway.

He careered off the road when he reached the River Street intersection and slammed into a drain.

Police breath-tested the man at the scene and after a positive reading, took him to Woolgoolga Police Station for a breath analysis which read .22 - more than four times the legal limit.

The man allegedly told police had had consumed seven 250ml beer bottles.

They charged him with high-range drink-driving and suspended his licence.

Police were then called to another smash, this time at the Pacific Highway roundabout at Clarence Street at 1.30am yesterday. A Queensland man, 49, was driving his Holden Barina south on the highway when he mounted the roundabout and screeched to a grinding halt.

After a positive breath-test at the scene, he was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where a breath analysis returned a reading of .180, more than three times the legal limit.

He, too, was charged with high-range drink-driving as well as possessing a small amount of cannabis, and his licence was suspended.

Luckily, both men walked away unscathed from their smashes.

In other news, a woman, 29, was charged with low-range drink-driving after police breath-tested her in Park Beach Road, Coffs Harbour, at 11.20pm on Wednesday.

The Toyota Corolla driver returned a breath analysis reading of .07.

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