A driver who came to the attention of police while driving the wrong way down a one-way street has been convicted of mid-range drink-driving, disqualified from driving and fined.
Christopher Coulahan, 39, of the Panorama Holiday Park on Sydney Road was sentenced by Magistrate Catherine Follent in Bathurst Local Court last month.
His solicitor, Evan Dowd, said that on the day of the incident Coulahan had watched the football while drinking six cans of Jack Daniel's and cola over 13 hours.
Mr Dowd said his instructions were that his client felt okay to drive, though he should have known better.
Mr Dowd said the accused has just started a new job at in Lithgow and needed a licence to drive there for shift work.
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He asked the court to take this into account and the fact Coulahan had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, asking Ms Follent to consider a three-month minimum disqualification.
Police facts stated that on August 15 officers were conducting high visibility patrols in Young when they saw a Toyota exit the rear lane near McDonald's contrary to the one way sign.
Police pulled over the driver, Coulahan, and he produced an unrestricted Queensland licence.
Police asked Coulahan if he had consumed any alcohol that evening and he told them "a number of Jacks", referring to cans of Jack Daniel's and cola.
He said his last drink was about half an hour before being stopped.
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A roadside breath test produced a positive result and Coulahan was taken to Young Police Station where a breath analysis recorded a reading of 0.082.
In sentencing, Ms Follent noted the accused's early plea of guilt.
She noted he came to police attention due to the manner of his driving and said she needed to send a message to the community that "there are consequences" for drink drivers.
Coulahan was convicted and fined $600, disqualified from driving for three months and placed on a 12-month interlock order.
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