High-range drink driver can't escape having conviction recorded

A conviction for a high-range drink-driving offence means Trevor King won’t be able to drive for 12 months.

Mr King, who represented himself in Orange Local Court last Thursday, was also placed on a section nine 12-month good behaviour bond.

King wrote a letter to the court asking he be placed on a section 10 bond, which means no conviction recorded.

However, magistrate Terry Lucas said that wasn’t possible as the offence was high range.

King pleaded guilty to the offence.

Kevin Hanrahan was also in court last Thursday, charged with drink-driving in the mid-range category.

Entering a plea of guilty through his solicitor Lee Dalton the court heard Hanrahan was pulled over for a random breath test after drinking the night before.

“This is one of those innocuous morning-after drink-driving offences,” Ms Dalton said.

Mr Lucas said with Hanrahan recording two previous drink-driving offences the court had the power to send him to jail, and that with two previous convictions the accused should have been more careful before getting behind the wheel.

“You must have known,” Mr Lucas said.

Hanrahan was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Lisa Gibbs was disqualified from driving for three months and fined $300 after she was caught driving by police with a low range of alcohol in her system.

Gibbs, who did not appear in court, forwarded a letter to the court pleading guilty to the charge in her absence.

Peni Hames Lelean Kotobalavu had his drink-driving case adjourned in Orange Local Court until he completes the traffic offenders program. 

This is the second time Kotobalavu has been charged by police for driving in the low-range category.

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