A young Lavington driver was found to be twice the legal blood alcohol limit only after he crashed his car early one May Saturday morning.
Dylan Jeffrey Swain-Reynolds failed to take a right-hand bend in Hague Street, his silver Honda Accord sliding into a tree.
The force of the impact, at 50km/h, was such that his car spun around and ended-up across both lanes, blocking traffic.
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Defence lawyer Sue Robey has told Albury Local Court magistrate Richard Funston that as a result of damage received in the crash, Swain-Reynolds no longer had a car.
"And he certainly has no income to buy another car," she said.
Ms Robey said that Swain-Reynolds "understands he will be off the road for a lengthy period of time" as a result of his offending.
Swain-Reynolds, 23, has pleaded guilty to a single charge of driving with a mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol over the incident on May 22.
His case had been adjourned for several weeks after the court previously heard he intended on completing a traffic offenders' program.
Mr Funston said this week that while this would have no impact on the sentence Swain-Reynolds received, he nevertheless considered it entirely appropriate for him to take part given his offending.
Police attended the scene about 6.15am and were told by Swain-Reynolds that he had been at a friend's house "and had a couple of drinks before driving home".
He claimed that because a tow-truck driver told him police wouldn't attend because no one was injured, he downed a nip of whisky.
Swain-Reynolds' reading of 0.118 resulted in a $1000 fine.
He was also disqualified from driving for six months.
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