A BATHURST man has been convicted on a string of driving offences after matters against him were heard in the Bathurst Local Court.
The charges against Billy Holmes,19, of Amber Close in Kelso, included driving with mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA), driving on the road without ever having held a license, and using an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.
Police facts tendered to the court hold how on November 26 last year at Parkes, police were travelling west on Want Street and as they approached the intersection of East Street they saw a red Mitsubishi Lancer sedan pull out in front of them.
The vehicle had no registrations plates so the officers performed a U-turn stopping, the vehicle a short distance away.
Holmes jumped from the driver's seat and as police approached they could see an empty bottle of cider in the centre console.
Police asked Holmes for his driver's licence and he told them: "I don't have one."
When asked if he had been drinking he said: "I've had two cans."
The accused was submitted to a roadside breath test which produced a positive result. He was arrested for the purpose of a breath analysis.
Police asked him who owned the vehicle and he said he had just purchased it from a male at Cookamidgeria for $300. It was a Christmas present for his girlfriend.
Police observed that the vehicle was in poor condition. Two of the four wheels had only three of the four wheel nuts attached and the other had just two of the four nuts attached.
A breath analysis at Parkes police station returned a mid-range reading of 0.099.
For driving with a mid-range PCA, Holmes was convicted, fined $750 and disqualified from driving for three months.
He was also placed on an interlock order for 12 months.
The charges against Holmes of driving while having never held a licence and using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle were both dealt with by way of Section 10A convictions.