Eighth drink-drive offence

A LEETON rice miller has been disqualified for three months on his eighth drink-driving offence.

Barry John Peet’s prior breach of the law was back in 2001 until he was nabbed near Walbundrie on July 3.

But his blood alcohol reading was just over the limit at 0.051.

Peet, 55, of Commission Lane, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court to a charge of low-range drink-driving.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood imposed a $550 fine and the driving ban.

Ms Greenwood originally thought the latest matter was Peet’s seventh drink-driving offence, but a further check showed it was his eighth.

Highway patrol officers were travelling north of Burrumbuttock on Urana Road about 4.15pm on July 5.

Peet was driving a Nissan Navara and was exceeding the speed limit when he went past police.

They turned and stopped him about 15 kilometres from Burrumbuttock and Peet produced a NSW licence.

He admitting consuming “a couple of beers” at Walbundrie.

A positive breath test saw him taken for a breath analysis in Albury.

Peet admitted having four XXXX gold stubbies over two hours, but had nothing to eat.