Should have chosen the easy walk home
DESPITE living within walking distance of his local pub, a Corindi Beach man still decided to drive home after drinking “a number” of beers.
Kade Christian, 28, who lives on Burns Cres, was driving home from the pub when he was stopped for a random breath test on Pacific St on July 29.
Coffs Harbour Local Court was told the distance between Christian’s home and the pub was about 850m.
Police facts tendered in court on Monday said Christian’s breath indicated he was intoxicated.
He told police he had consumed “a number” of full-strength beers at home and “a number” of Fat Yaks at the hotel
Christian returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.125 and was charged with mid-range drink driving.
Magistrate Robert Walker fined Christian $900 and disqualified him from driving for six months. Christian was also subjected to a 24-month interlock period.
Sandy Beach’s Jace Matthew Watson was also fined $600 and banned from driving for six months for mid-range drink driving.
The 31-year-old stopped and did a U-turn over double solid lines in sight of an RBT team on Hogbin Dr on April 24 at 8.32am.
The court heard Watson was pulled over on Watsonia Ave and attempted to walk away.
When police caught him, he admitted he had consumed eight beers, with his last drink at 4am that day.
Disqualified driver Joshua Lloyd Caulfield, from Raleigh, was stopped by police after he almost caused a crash on a Hogbin Dr roundabout on August 20 just after 8.30pm.
Driving with four passengers in the car, Caulfield was stopped by police at the entrance of Southern Cross University, where a breath test returned a reading of 0.038.
He told police he had consumed two bourbon and colas he mixed himself.
Police searched Caulfield’s car and found 5g of marijuana.
He was fined $500 for special range PCA, $400 for negligent driving, $200 for drug possession and $800 for driving while disqualified. He also received a two year, three month driving disqualification.
DRINK DRIVERS: This week’s driving under the influence judgements from the Coffs Harbour Local Court.