DUI man to appeal prison sentence

A SANDY Beach man, who was so drunk he can’t remember crashing his car on New Year’s Day, plans to appeal a 12-month prison sentence handed down to him in court this week.

When questioned by police, Adam Oliver Blanch, 31, said he couldn’t remember his journey home from the Amble Inn to Sandy Beach on January 1.

Later found to be four times over the legal limit, the last thing he remembers was celebrating New Year’s Eve, then sitting inside a garage with a broken nose, a broken hand and a cut to his head.

Road crash investigations concluded Blanch turned into the street, smashing into a Kia Mentor parallel parked in front of a nature reserve.

From there the vehicle rolled, coming to rest in the middle of the road.

The remnants of a six-pack of beer were found among the wreckage.

Blood tests at the hospital confirmed he was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.200.

After hearing all the evidence, Coffs Harbour Local Court magistrate Darryl Pearce referred to the fact the accused has a prior drink-driving conviction.

He handed down a custodial sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of nine months.

Blanch has also been ordered off the road until January 1, 2012. His appeal is tabled in the District Court for July 26.

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