Drink-driver’s error in judgement: in the car three hours after having eight beers

NATHAN Melville thought he would be under the legal blood-alcohol limit because he waited three hours after drinking eight stubbies. 

The 24-year-old Dubbo sales assistant was pulled over at 2.45am on Saturday, May 24, in Orange. 

He was driving along Bathurst Road out the front of Kinross Wolaroi School and was stopped for a random breath test. 

Police facts said he admitted he had drank alcohol at the Royal Hotel between 6pm the day before and 1am, one hour and 45 minutes before he was pulled over. 

Yet he told the Orange Local Court he had waited three hours after drinking before he got into his car. 

“I was getting my car for work the next morning,” he said. 

“I thought I would have been okay.

“I realise my actions could have injured myself or others.”

His blood-alcohol reading was 0.122 which was in the mid-range category. 

Melville represented himself in court on Thursday and the magistrate, Terry Lucas, fined him $1200 and disqualified him from driving for six months.