A drink-driving young Albury man who jumped out of his car and fled police has incurred a magistrate's wrath for leaving his three passengers behind.
Jay Newton jumped fences to try to evade capture.
At one point, he terrified a householder when he stood at her back door in the dark and repeatedly called-out: "I don't have a weapon."
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Magistrate Miranda Moody said those three passengers, one the young woman who owned the car, so easily could have been killed with a high-range drink-driver - his reading was 0.167 - behind the wheel.
The 20-year-old, on his arrest, was found to have a small stash of cocaine in one of his pockets, which defence lawyer Samantha Little said he had because he wanted to "experiment" with the illicit drug.
Ms Moody said in Albury Local Court that she accepted the 0.08 grams of cocaine was for "recreational purposes".
But she said what had also aggravated the provisional licence holder's offending was having a recent conviction for drink-driving.
"He clearly has some issues, more around alcohol than drugs."
Newton pleaded guilty to a second offence of high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol, unlicensed driving, possess a prohibited drug, enter enclosed lands and resist police.
"He's going to be doing drug and alcohol counselling, I can tell him that," Ms Moody said.
Ms Little said Newton was "extremely remorseful".
"It also comes on the back of the consumption of alcohol on Australia Day," she said.
Ms Moody said she accepted Newton's remorse and acknowledged his completion of the traffic offenders' program.
"But placing those passengers at extreme risk of death is extremely serious," she said.
"Also, he would have scared the living daylights out of the woman who was in that house."
Police pulled over the car Newton was driving in Regina Avenue, North Albury, on January 27 about 12.15am.
They parked behind the blue Mazda, but as they were getting out of their vehicle Newton got out of the driver's door fled south along Bunton Avenue.
The resident said she caught sight of someone walking down the side of her house.
Newton was convicted, placed on a 12-month community corrections order requiring drug and alcohol counselling, was disqualified from holding a licence for six months and fined $1500.
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