A drink driver who recorded a reading of 0.216 was sentenced in Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday, where he was told it was fortunate police stopped him when they did.
Aaron John Swain, aged 36, of Herbert Street, Gulgong, pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving two-year community corrections order with 200 hours community service, and disqualified for six months to be followed by a 24-month interlock period.
At about 2.15am on Monday, September 3, 2018, police were patrolling Mortimer Street, Mudgee, when they saw Swain’s vehicle driving well under the 50km/h speed limit.
A roadside breath test was positive for alcohol and he was taken to Mudgee Police Station where the breath analysis of 0.216 was recorded.
Magistrate David Day noted that the defendant was first before court on October 3 before relieving Magistrate Robert Williams, and told Swain’s solicitor Peter Orr that he was fortunate to have the matter adjourned.
“With a reading like that His Honour could’ve put your client in jail,” he said.
Before going on to tell Swain “unsurprisingly your driving was affected” and “you were dangerous”.
“Good thing you were pulled over, had you gone much further you could’ve pulled yourself over into a tree,” he said.