Bathurst man caught drink-driving twice in 12 hours in Parkes

A MAN has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to undertake 100 hours of community service after appearing before court on a string of driving charges.

Karl Coleman, 26, of Middlemiss Place, Bathurst appeared before Magistrate Michael Allen earlier this month.

Police facts tendered to the court told how on Saturday, November 4 last year, Coleman was stopped and charged by police in Parkes after taking off from officers earlier in the night.

He was was subsequently charged with high-range PCA, and his licence was suspended and seized.

Several hours later, about 4am on Sunday, Coleman was seen walking along Bogan Street, Parkes carrying a fuel tin.

He told police he was putting fuel in his car and they replied, “you don’t have a licence”.

“I’ve got to get home to Bathurst,” Coleman said.

Believing he was still going to drive, officers watched on as Coleman filled up the car before getting into the passenger seat for a while and then walking off.

Police left the area to attend other jobs but later were travelling north along Peak Hill Road when they saw the accused driving.

He was arrested and recorded reading of 0.120.

On the matter of driving a motor vehicle while his licence was suspended, Coleman was fined $440 with 28 days to pay. He was also disqualified from driving until November 4, 2018. 

For driving with a mid-range PCA, Coleman was disqualified from driving for 12 months (concurrent) plus 100 hours community service.

He was also sentenced on the high-range PCA matter from November 3, 2017, receiving a suspended 10-month sentence.

Coleman was placed on a mandatory interlock order for 24 months and disqualified from driving for nine months.  

For driving recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, Coleman was disqualified from driving for 12 months (concurrent) and ordered to undertake 150 hours of community service (concurrent).