Drunk, slow driver crashes car

HEAVILY intoxicated but driving at a snail’s pace a Coffs Harbour man veered off the side of the road near Ulong rolling his car down an embankment.

Convicted of high-range drink driving, Gavin Courtney Jones, 46, of Coffs Harbour, was this week ordered off the roads until December 2012.

Pleading guilty to the charge he also wore a $500 fine plus court costs and was ordered to serve a two-year good behaviour bond.

The Coffs Harbour Local Court heard that Jones was estimated to have been driving between 25 and 30km/h on the Eastern Dorrigo Way on December 22, at 3.30pm.

He lost control of the vehicle driving onto a grassed strip on the side of the road before travelling back onto the roadway and eventually crashing down a three metre embankment.

The court heard the vehicle rolled onto its roof and Jones was able to climb out of the wreck with cuts to his hands and forearms.

He was treated by ambulance officers and when he presented at the police station, officers said he appeared unsteady on his feet and had the smell of alcohol on his breath.

Submitted to a breath analyser he returned a reading of 0.170.

In his statement, Jones said he had his first drink at 12pm and his last at 3.45pm. He explained he lost control of the car after driving across ‘a pile of leaf mulch’.

At the time he said he was on his way to visit at friend at Ulong.

 

THIS WEEK’S DRINK DRIVERS

Kevin James Norman, 54, of Toormina convicted of drink driving with a mid range prescribed alcohol content.

Stopped by police for a random breath test on Sawtell Road on February 13 at 7.25pm.

The court heard that when Norman pulled over for officers, the front and rear of the vehicle scraped against the concrete kerb.

Police noted his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.

When tested he returned a reading of 0.105, telling officers he drank five beers at Boambee Beach between 1pm and 7.10pm.

Sentenced to 12 months licence disqualification and fined $700 plus $76.

 

Rada Drazic, 43, of Toormina, convicted of drink driving with a mid range prescribed alcohol content.

Stopped by police for a random breath test while driving a truck on Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour on April 1 at 8.48am.

He returned a reading of 0.080 and told officers he drank eight bottles of Strongbow draught between 10.30pm and 1am that morning.

Police noted he did not appear affected by alcohol when tested.

He was sentenced to six months licence disqualification and fined $700 plus $76 in court costs.

Michael Phillip Morgan, 32, of Coffs Harbour, convicted of drink driving with a low range prescribed alcohol content.

Stopped by police for a random breath test in Wentworth Avenue near the Pacific Highway intersection on January 22 at 10.04pm.

He returned a reading of 0.075 and told officers he drank three beers between 5pm and 9.50pm.

Sentenced to three months licence disqualification and fined $100 plus $76 in court costs.



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