Drink-driver a step from jail

A WODONGA man with a long-term alcohol problem has received an eight-month suspended jail sentence for his third drink-driving offence.

Daniel Edmund Cawood was caught in 1994 and 2000 before being nabbed in Albury for a high-range offence on September 29 last year. He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.176.

Police saw Cawood’s car swerve across Pemberton Street and he told them he had had four stubbies of heavy beer, two glasses of whiskey and champagne the previous evening.

His licence was suspended but police then saw him driving on October 5 in Cheyenne Drive, Lavington.

A breath analysis gave a reading of 0.046.

Cawood, 41, of Fern Avenue, appeared yesterday for sentencing in Albury Local Court for high-range drink-driving, special range drink-driving and driving when his licence was suspended.

He had appeared in court last year when magistrate Megan Greenwood ordered an assessment for an intensive corrections order.

She was told Cawood was unsuitable because he had moved from Lavington to Wodonga.

Solicitor Paul Robb said Cawood had completed three weeks of alcohol rehabilitation in Wagga, and steps had been taken for him to attend an ACT rehabilitation centre.

“If he is able, he will be on a train at lunch time,” Mr Robb said.

Mr Robb said Cawood knew he needed to address his problem.

Ms Greenwood said Cawood had a positive insight into his problem.

He received the suspended sentence for high-range drink-driving and was disqualified for 18 months. Cawood was put on a 12-month bond for driving when suspended and fined $440 for special range drink-driving.

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