A Mudgee woman found to be drink driving a nearly five times the legal limit after she crashed into a bridge in Kandos, was fined $850, disqualified for eight months to be followed by a 24 month interlock period, and placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond.
Susan Catherine Martin, aged 47, of Market Street, Mudgee, pleaded guilty to ‘Drive with high range PCA (Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol)’.
At about 11.10pm on April 29, 2017, Martin drove towards the bridge over the railway line at Fleming Street when she lost control of the vehicle and hit the concrete and wire fence.
The impact set off the airbags although she wasn’t injured.
Martin told police “I f***ed up, I know I did”, before recorded a breath analysis of 0.229.
Magistrate Michael Allen said, “it’s a very high reading, it’s nearly five times the legal limit”.
“You had no right to drive at that kind of reading, you crashed into a bridge because you were too drunk, it was potentially catastrophic.”
A Kandos man was placed on a 15-month good behaviour bond for the charge of ‘Common assault (domestic violence)’.
William Donald Mayled, aged 51, of Buchanan Street, Kandos, was charged following an incident at about 10.30pm on August 20, 2016.
He had been drinking at home when he shoulder barged the victim and forced her into a door.
The victim then threw an object at Mayled who then punched her in the face, causing swelling and bleeding to her lip area.
His solicitor, Allan Hogan, told the court that his client and the victim had been mucking around and that he “overreacted”.
Magistrate Michael Allen said that Mayled had a short record but it contained a “worrying incident from 2015” and that he believes alcohol is a possible issue.
And added, “in a civilised society there is no place for men beating up women”.
An Ilford woman charged with drink driving after she rolled her car was fined $250 and disqualified for three months.
Deyan Shirley June Cary, aged 45, of Sofala Road, Ilford, pleaded guilty to ‘Negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm)’ and ‘Drive with low range PCA (Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol)’.
At about 4.38pm on January 24, 2017, about 500m from the intersection of Sofala Road and the Castlereagh Highway, Cary’s vehicle drove onto the verge and rolled.
She was assisted from the vehicle by another driver who contacted emergency services, who while treating her noticed the smell of alcohol.
A roadside breath test was positive and she was taken to Kandos Police Station where a breath analysis of 0.076 was recorded.
Her solicitor, Allan Hogan, told the court that his client had gone for a drive and “has no clear recollection of the incident”.
Magistrate Michael Allen told the defendant, “the situation is severely aggravated by the fact you had an accident, you could’ve badly injured yourself or someone else”.
A Kandos man charged with contravening an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, was fined $400.
Stephen Brett Herbert, aged 56, of Rodgers Street, Kandos, was subject to the order that had a condition that he not approach the victim within 12 hours of consuming alcohol.
On March 21, 2017, he went to the victim’s house and started drinking.
That evening an argument broke out, during which she saw seven empty beer cans around.
On March 26, Herbert began text messaging the victim who then told him to stop and delete her number and contacted police.
Magistrate Michael Allen said, “the order is is place and it says not to approach her within 12 hours of consuming alcohol, you don’t have to be Einstein to figure it out”.
A Kandos woman charged with driving while her licence was suspended, was convicted in her absence, fined $450 and disqualified for three months, when she failed to appear in court.
Sarah Conion Lacaprara, aged 33, of Angus Avenue, Kandos, was stopped by police in the street of her residential address at about 12.10am on January 28, 2017.
She was stopped in order to conduct a random breath test, which was negative for alcohol, but a check of her licence revealed she was suspended from September 8, 2016, due to fine default.