A MAGISTRATE yesterday described as troubling the circumstances of a Wodonga man caught for his third drink-driving offence after going through a stop sign and being hit by another vehicle.
A front seat woman passenger in Paul Edward Lampier’s vehicle received a cut to the head in the accident at Lavington on August 3.
Lampier attempted to drive away, but the vehicle was too badly damaged.
The other driver came to check on the woman who was injured.
But Lampier approached him yelling abuse and raised his right fist.
Police arrived at the scene and Lampier attempted to slip away into a nearby hotel car park.
But officers found him in a darkened corner behind a brick wall with initial denials by him about being the driver before he told the truth.
“I look at this offending and it is quite troubling,” magistrate Megan Greenwood said in Albury Local Court.
She said Lampier is a repeat offender with a previous middle range drink-driving matter in NSW in 1998 and a high range reading in Victoria.
Lampier, 43, of Topaz Court, pleaded guilty yesterday in Albury Local Court to a charges of middle range drink-driving.
A breath analysis at the police station provided a reading of 0.124.
Solicitor Jason Hanke said Lampier had intended driving only a short distance.
“There are a number of aggravating features,” Mr Hanke said.
“There are some relevant matters on his record, but they are quite historic.
“He is very disappointed in himself in this matter.”
Lampier drove his car through a stop sign on Union Road near the Waugh Road intersection about 1.07am.
His vehicle went straight in front of a utility which hit the passenger side and caused injuries to a woman passenger including neck and back pain.
Several witnesses stopped to assist as Lampier tried to get his vehicle going.
The passenger was taken to the Albury hospital and received stitches to the back of her head, but was cleared of neck and back problems.
“I think you are at risk of further offending of the same kind,” Ms Greenwood said.
Lampier was fined $770, disqualified for 12 months and was put on a two-year bond.