MUDGEE LOCAL COURT, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020.
High-range drink driver fined $3000
A 43-year-old woman who failed to appear in court to face a high-range drink driving charge, was fined $3,000 in her absence and disqualified for 12 months to be followed by a 48-month interlock period.
Jodie Melissa Wilson of Church Street, Mudgee, was stopped for a random breath test at 4.38pm on Friday, November 22, 2019.
The roadside result in Gladstone Street was positive for alcohol and she was taken to Mudgee Police Station, where a breath analysis of 0.195 was recorded.
She told officers that she'd been drinking vodka and beer between 10.30am and 4.20pm that day.
$2000-plus fine for unlicensed driving in unregistered car
A Gulgong woman charged with driving an unregistered car, while unlicensed, was fined a total of $2,040 when she failed to appear in court.
Jeannie Anne Batty of Bunderra Street, Gulgong, was also disqualified for six months.
At about 11.35pm on Monday, December 30, 2019, police were parked at the corner of Fisher and Mayne streets, Gulgong, when a vehicle without number plates drove past.
They followed it until it stopped in the 49-year-old's driveway. She admitted that she didn't have a licence and that she'd driven to Cooks Gap to pick up members of her family.
A check found that the vehicle's plates were confiscated on December 13, during a separate stop, because the registration had expired in May 2018. Furthermore, Batty hasn't held a licence in over 10 years.
No conviction for not keeping left
A Western Sydney man charged with driving in an overtaking lane even though he wasn't passing another vehicle, escaped conviction when the matter was brought before court.
At about 1.27pm on Sunday, October 13, 2019, the 22-year-old was travelling north along the Castlereagh Highway at Ilford, when he was seen driving in the lane having passed the 'keep left unless overtaking' sign.
The Sefton man submitted a written plea of guilty to the charge, which Magistrate Alison Viney chose not to record a conviction for, but said, "I accept that this would be irritating [to other drivers]".
'The fact that you felt fine means absolutely nothing'
A Dunedoo man charged with mid-range drink driving on Australia Day, was fined $750 and disqualified for four months to be followed by a 12-month interlock period.
Daniel Leigh Shiers of Castlereagh Highway, Dunedoo, was stopped by police in order to conduct a random breath test at about 7.35pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
He returned a positive result in Digilah Street and was taken to Dunedoo Police Station where a breath analysis of 0.090 was recorded. And admitted to officers that he'd had five schooners between 3.40pm and 7.30pm.
The 44-year-old represented himself in court, and said "I felt fine but clearly I was wrong". To which, Magistrate Viney replied, "the fact that you felt fine means absolutely nothing".
Fine for breaching ADVO, jail possible 'if you keep this rate up'
A man charged with breaching an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) was fined $800, but also warned of the possibility of imprisonment in the event of re-offending.
Luke William O'Neill of Gladstone Street, Mudgee, pleaded guilty to contravening the order on the evening of Tuesday, January 21, 2020, specifically the condition that he not approach the person in need of protection within 12 hours of consuming alcohol. The ADVO had been in place since December following a destroy/damage property (domestic) incident.
In court, Magistrate Viney told the 30-year-old, "you keep coming before court on domestic violence charges and you'll go to jail - and very quickly if you keep this rate up".