Thirsty shearer hits .191

COLIN Charles Lashbrook had six or seven stubbies of heavy beer after shearing at Lockhart in December and embarked on the 100-kilometre trip back to Albury.

But a magistrate has heard Lashbrook was brought to police attention by another motorist concerned about the safety of road users.

A call was made to police saying a bald man driving a white Ford utility from Jindera was all over the road and crossing double unbroken lines.

A highway patrol officer stopped Lashbrook in Burrows Road about 7.52pm and he later registered a blood analysis of 0.191.

Lashbrook, 59, of Chad Terrace, Glenroy, has pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court to a charge of high-range drink-driving.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned sentencing until March 4 and ordered a pre-sentence report saying there were a number of aggravating features with Lashbrook’s driving.

The officer saw Lashbrook’s vehicle coming towards him, activated the lights and followed him into Burrows Road.

As Lashbrook negotiated his vehicle out of the roundabout, he crossed completely to the wrong side of the road over double unbroken lines for 20 to 30 metres.

The police siren was activated and Lashbrook stopped, but seemed well affected by alcohol when the officer spoke to him.

His eyelids were drooping, his movements slow and sluggish and the officer told him the conversation was being recorded on video and audio.

The admission about the six or seven stubbies was then made by Lashbrook.

He said his first drink was at about 3pm and his last about 30 minutes before being stopped.

The officer told him to get out of his vehicle and lock it.

Lashbrook was holding the door jamb in what appeared to be a method of steadying himself.

He was swaying as he walked to the police car and had his licence suspended after his breath analysis.