A Myrtleford man who got drunk on 10 ciders and then drove at high speed while unlicensed could be jailed if he doesn't give up the drink.
Albury Local Court magistrate Richard Funston was so angered on Tuesday by the man's offending that he briefly stood the matter down.
What had so greatly exacerbated Nathan William Harvey's level of criminality was it being his fifth time before the courts for drink-driving.
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His previous like-offending had been committed in South Australia and Victoria, the latest in his home state just a couple of weeks before he was found-out by police at Tumut.
Mr Funston had wanted to sentence Harvey to a full-time stint behind bars, especially given the potential in the 27-year-old's behaviour to put his own life and that of other road users at risk.
But in the end he was swayed by Harvey's commitment to rehabilitation, having already embarked on efforts off his own initiative to address his alcohol issues and to have a mental health care plan prepared.
On returning to Harvey's case on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Funston said he agreed with a submission by defence lawyer Mitchell Brooks that the case instead be adjourned for three months to allow his client to attend to his alcohol issues, with a community corrections order in mind.
Harvey pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving, high-range PCA and exceed speed by more than 30km/h over the incident on December 27, when he hit speeds of at least 140km/h as he was being followed by police while also having a blood alcohol reading of 0.170.
He will be sentenced on July 14.
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