Too drunk to stop, after seven hours

ADAM Corless knew he had a problem when he saw Albury police setting up random breath testing in Wodonga Place.

He had finished a seven-hour drinking session with a friend in Wodonga about three hours earlier, so the result of any test was not in doubt.

So he drove on when police indicated he should stop. They caught up with him in the Commercial Club car park.

He smelt of alcohol but the clincher that he had been drinking heavily was that after he stumbled out of his car, he could not stand without the support of police.

He later registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.179.

Corless, 33, of Skipton Court, Wodonga, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to driving with the high range prescribed concentration of alcohol.

Magistrate Tony Murray told him a pre-sentence report was required because of aggravating factors with his driving.

Sentencing of Corless was adjourned until January 29.

The court was told officers were setting up a testing station about 1.50am on November 3 when Corless drove north in Wodonga Place.

He was travelling in a red hatch sedan without any lights when he went through the Smollett Street roundabout.

A police officer walked to the middle of the road and directed Corless to stop by pointing towards the kerb.

But he drove on and police noted his car’s registration number.

Police chased Corless who drove along Dean Street, turned into Elizabeth Street and then into the Commercial Club.

After being asked to get out and being unable to stand without help, Corless said: “OK mate, you’ve got me.”

He was arrested and his breath analysis was done at 2.55am.

Police suspended his licence and Corless admitted having his first drink at 4pm and last about 11pm at a friend’s house in Wodonga.

He declined to make any comment when asked why he didn’t stop as directed.