A TRUCK driver has foreshadowed a possible appeal against a driving disqualification after being put off the road for his third drink-driving offence.
Dean Edward Cromb asked if he could appeal the penalty after receiving a six-month ban and $330 fine for low-range drink-driving.
“You are welcome to sir,” magistrate Megan Greenwood told him in Albury Local Court.
Cromb, 36, of Webb Street, Lavington, pleaded guilty to the drink-driving matter along with charges from a separate incident of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and being an excluded person remaining in the vicinity of licensed premises.
He was driving when stopped for a random breath test about 11pm on August 19 in the street where he lives.
A subsequent breath analysis gave a reading of 0.061 and Cromb had a provisional licence requiring a zero blood alcohol level.
He told police he had consumed four or five Jack Daniels at home over an eight-hour period.
Cromb had a previous drink-driving offence in Wodonga three years ago.
“You are continuing to drink and drive,” Ms Greenwood said.
“You have not learnt from your prior appearances in court.
“You have tied my hands in this regard due to your prior offending.”
The other charges relate to an incident where Cromb was in the gaming room at the Northside Hotel about 9.50pm on August 21.
His nephew was told to leave after annoying another patron, but refused and police were contacted.
There was a confrontation between Cromb and his nephew with pushing and shoving.
Cromb headbutted his nephew to the right eye and face area which caused bleeding from a cut over the eye.
Police made repeated requests for Cromb to leave the hotel and surrounding area, but he failed to comply and was arrested.
Ms Greenwood said such behaviour in hotels made people scared to go out at night.
“You are old enough to know better,” she said.
Cromb was put on a 12-month bond and fined $660 for the assault matter and fined $550 for the other offence.