A DRUNK driver who tried to run from police after he was caught speeding in a school zone has lost his licence for 12 months.
John Andrew Heggs was in police custody on Thursday morning when he fronted Orange Local Court, after being caught doing 66km/h in the Moulder Street school zone on Wednesday afternoon.
He was charged with mid-range drink driving and attempting to escape from lawful custody.
Heggs pleaded guilty to the charges.
His solicitor Andrew Rolfe acknowledged his client, who lives in Cargo, has alcohol-related offences already on his record.
“The fact that he has been in custody has reinforced with my client that he has to address his alcohol-related issues and he is now looking towards rehabilitation,” Mr Rolfe said.
“You’ve just spent the night in jail and you can go to jail for a year, as this is your second offence,” Magistrate Terry Lucas told the accused.
Police were on patrol in the school zone at 2.55pm when Heggs drive past and they noted his speed.
After he was pulled over, the officer noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath and told him to stay in the vehicle while they did a registration check.
While the police officer was gathering details, Heggs started running away.
However, he only managed to get about 100 metres from his vehicle before he was caught by other police who were nearby.
As well as the 12 month disqualification, Heggs was fined $1500.