A LAVINGTON man was yesterday handed an eight-month intensive corrections order for driving with a high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol when disqualified.
Peter Murray Townsend was driving without lights when stopped for a random breath test about 1.10am on June 8 near the intersection of Mate Street and North Street in Albury.
Apart from having no lights, Townsend went around a corner at excessive speed, drawing police attention to himself.
He later registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.184.
A pre-sentence report was ordered after he previously pleaded guilty at Albury Local Court to drink-driving and disqualified driving.
Solicitor Allison Bruce said yesterday that Townsend, 35, of Parkland Crescent, had two previous drink-driving matters before moving to Albury four years ago.
Ms Bruce said he has been attending drug and alcohol counselling since his recent arrest.
Townsend’s speech was slurred when police stopped him and he had trouble concentrating when they spoke to him.
He twice refused to submit to a roadside preliminary breath test which led to his arrest.
But when being taken to the police station, Townsend agreed to a breath test which was positive.
He was unsteady on his feet at the station and had trouble maintaining his balance.
Townsend refused to say what he had been drinking and how much after his high reading was revealed.
A check by police showed he was disqualified in Victoria for four years from October 20, 2010.
“You have a bad record in the recent past,” magistrate Tony Murray told Townsend.
Mr Murray imposed an eight-month jail term and ordered it be served by an intensive corrections order.
Townsend was banned from driving for another four years, extending his disqualification until 2018.