Culcairn youth, 15, gets probation

A CULCAIRN youth has been put on two probation orders for a drink-driving offence and driving when disqualified.

The youth was 14 when the matters happened in October and last month pleaded guilty in Holbrook Children’s Court.

Magistrate Tony Murray ordered a Juvenile Justice Service report and adjourned sentencing until yesterday.

The youth, now 15, was put on probation orders of 14 months and 24 months that require him to abstain from alcohol and attend school.

He must submit to supervision by the JJS at Wagga and is banned from driving until November next year.

Mr Murray was told last month that the youth was drunk, cheeky and bragging after being nabbed.

He boasted about his driving ability despite never holding a licence.

Two months earlier, he had received an eight-month disqualification and was put on a bond in Albury Children’s Court for a special range drink-driving matter and being an unlicensed driver.

That did not deter him from drinking and driving on October 7 before highway patrol officers intercepted him driving from Henty to Culcairn.

The lights on his vehicle were on high beam, attracting attention from officers about 10.56pm.

Later the youth admitted drinking three cans of Jack Daniels and two cans of heavy beer between 9pm and 10.45pm before starting to drive.

The tendered police facts said: “The accused was bragging to police about how good a driver he is and wanting to know if this was going to be in the paper”.

He was laughing when he made the comment.

He had recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.122.

He has been on bail with a 6pm to 8am curfew and a ban on occupying any driver’s seat.

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