Should have cho­sen the easy walk home

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

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