LAVINGTON man Benjamin John Clements made a couple of bad decisions in July and got caught for drink-driving twice in little more than three hours.
Clements, a probationary licence holder, was restricted to a zero blood alcohol level, but came to police attention by swerving across the roadway.
Then followed a burnout near the North Albury Sports Club, which was captured on in-car video in a police vehicle.
When police approached Clements, he told them: “I’m gone guys. I’ve had a few drinks.”
He was arrested, a breath analysis gave a reading of 0.164 and police immediately suspended his licence before releasing him about 11.55pm.
Little more than two hours later, Clements was back driving in Prune Street at Lavington and swerving over both lanes.
Police stopped him and he said: “I’m gone guys. I’ve already been done for drink-driving tonight and I just sculled a Woodstock can.”
He was taken back to the police station and provided a breath analysis reading of 0.120.
Clements, 20, of Urana Road, appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court yesterday on charges of high-range drink-driving, doing a burnout, mid-range drink-driving and driving when his licence was suspended.
The court was told after being released from the police station the first time, he caught a taxi back to where his car was parked at North Albury and drove despite being told his licence was suspended.
Solicitor Rob Hussey said Clements drew police attention to himself by his manner of driving.
“There was no one else in the car, thankfully. He certainly understands he is in a serious position today,” Mr Hussey said.
He said the car was not locked, so he went to take it home.
Mr Hussey said Clements knows he presented a risk to his own safety and the community at large.
Magistrate Tony Murray said Clements had shown a blatant disregard for the law.
He was given 200 hours community service work for the high-range offence and disqualified for two years.
Clements was fined $300 for the burnout and given 18-month bonds along with $600 fines for each of the other two matters.