Drunk driver loses control of car

A DRUNK driver lost control of his vehicle, crashed into a barrier and weaved across lanes before smashing into a retaining wall, Coffs Harbour court heard last week.

Daniel Peter Harding, 23, of Lowanna, was found guilty of drink driving with a mid-range prescribed alcohol content, in the court after it was heard he had crashed his vehicle on the Orara Way at Coramba at 1.30am on November 21, last year.

Police were called to the scene and the accused later returned a reading of 0.115.

In his interview, Harding told police he had drunk seven schooners of beer at a local hotel before getting behind the wheel.

Crash scene investigators later discovered the vehicle had skidded 77 metres before hitting the rail and a further 32 metres before ploughing into the wall. Harding was sentenced to six months disqualification and fined $450 plus court costs.

Another driver, Garth William Parkhill, 41, of Sawtell, was found guilty of drink driving with a high range prescribed alcohol content and negligent driving.

He crashed his vehicle on Sawtell Road on August 23, last year at 12.39am, returning a reading of 0.158.

The court heard Parkhill lost control while negotiating a right-hand bend in the road, near the intersection of Sawtell Road and Lamberts Road at Boambee East.

The vehicle spun 180 degrees and crashed into a road sign, ripping it out of the ground before smashing into another road sign.

One of the signs fell onto the road and was collected by a car a short time later.

Parkhill was trapped in the vehicle, police later estimated he had been driving at 80km/h in a 60km/h zone.

When interviewed by police he said he had drunk two glasses of red wine and two beers at a nearby cafe between 9.30pm and 11.40pm after finishing work.

Parkhill was sentenced to three years disqualification, fined $800 for drink driving, and ordered to pay a further $500 for negligent driving.

Ramiro Rivera Avilez, 49, of Coffs Harbour, was found guilty of drink driving with a high range prescribed alcohol content.

He was stopped by police on January 26 at 7.15pm on Jordan Esplanade returning a reading of 0.195 and sentenced to serve a 12-month good behaviour bond, licence disqualified for three years.

Stacey Jade Fletcher, 23, of Coffs Harbour was found guilty of drink driving with a mid range prescribed alcohol content.

Stopped by police in Prince James Avenue at 2am on December 12 last year he returned a reading of 0.100.

He was sentenced to six months disqualification and fined $350 plus $70 court costs.

MORE CONVICTIONS

Ramiro Rivera Avilez, 49, of Coffs Harbour, found guilty of drink driving with a high range prescribed alcohol content. Stopped by police on January 26 at 7.15pm on Jordan Esplanade returning a reading of 0.195. Sentenced to serve a 12 month good behaviour bond, licence disqualified for three years.

Stacey Jade Fletcher, 23, of Coffs Harbour, found guilty of drink driving with a mid range prescribed alcohol content. Stopped by police in Prince James Avenue at 2am, on December 12 last year, returning a reading of 0.100. Sentenced to six months disqualification and fined $350 plus $70 court costs.

Deanne Elaine McAlister, 45, of Twin Waters found guilty of drink driving with a mid range prescribed alcohol content. Stopped by police in Beach Street, Woolgoolga, on February 13, last year, returning a reading of 0.100. Sentenced to six months disqualification and fined $350, plus $70 court costs.

Tony Andrew McDonald, 35, of Woolgoolga, found guilty of drink driving with a low range prescribed alcohol content. Stopped by police in Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour on December 13, last year at 1.40am returning a reading of 0.075. Sentenced to serve a 12-month good behaviour bond, licence disqualified to pay court costs.

Mark Andrew Packer, 29, of Nana Glen, found guilty of drink driving with a mid range prescribed alcohol content and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. Stopped by police at Bucca on November 26, last year at 10.30pm at Bucca, returning a reading of 0.135. Police told the court, the accused was clocked driving 40km/h in a 100km/h zone and when breath tested his speech was slurred. Sentenced to serve a 12-month good behaviour bond, licence disqualified and ordered to pay $100 for driving an unregistered vehicle and $100 for driving an uninsured vehicle.



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