A THURGOONA man involved in an accident when heavily intoxicated was yesterday ordered to perform 120 hours community service.
Probationary licence holder Samuel John East appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court on a charge of driving with the high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol after the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Police saw East, 20, of Baw Baw Street, hit a concrete median strip in Urana Road about 11.04pm on June 15.
His car stalled and an officer reached through East’s open window to take the keys from his ignition.
He indicated he was going home, but police tried to get a preliminary sample of breath and three times East failed to provide a sufficient amount.
He was belligerent, resisted police several times and would not allow them to handcuff him.
East was swearing at the officers and finally was arrested before a breath analysis at the station.
His blood alcohol reading after testing was 0.180.
Solicitor Mark Cronin said East’s judgement was impaired by the amount of alcohol he had consumed.
“This matter has been a wake-up call for him. He is now involved in alcohol counselling,” Mr Cronin said.
East is a carer and support worker for people with disabilities and a teacher’s aide at a Jindera school.
Mr Cronin said East had held a licence since February 2010 and had no previous convictions.
Magistrate Tony Murray said East’s behaviour was out of character with the person mentioned in references tendered to him.
“If ever you run into these police officers in future, you should thank them,” Mr Murray said.
He said East could also have been charged with resisting arrest.
Mr Murray disqualified East for two years apart from imposing the work order.