Caught the morning after

RYAN James Casey drank at least 20 stubbies of heavy beer at Howlong last month with the last consumed in the early hours of January 12.

He was speeding back to Albury in his utility about 10.25am when a police highway patrol vehicle clocked him at 112 km/h.

Casey was stopped and immediately told the officer: “I had a big one last night. I think you’re gonna have me”.

His prediction was correct, Casey was arrested and later registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.088.

It is the third time Casey has been caught for drink-driving and he pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday to a charge of mid-range drink- driving.

Solicitor Paul Robb said Casey, 25, of Plummer Street, Albury, was now going to attend alcohol counselling.

Mr Robb said Casey, a probationary licence holder, was involved with the Howlong Football Club where he helps with the juniors players.

Police told the court Casey had his first drink about noon on January 11 and his last drink between 3am and 4am the next morning.

When Mr Murray read how much Casey had consumed, he said: “That’s almost a slab of beer.”

But Mr Robb replied: “It is a morning-after offence.”

Mr Murray said as a probationary driver Casey should have had no alcohol at all.

“There was a huge amount of alcohol consumed the night before,” Mr Murray said.

He said Casey was a poor example for a role model.

Casey was convicted, put on a 12-month bond and ordered to attend a drink-driving course.

He was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.