A MAN has been fined $3200 and disqualified from driving for six months after he registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.205 and resisted police at Millthorpe.
Grant Andrew Daniels, 49, of Sawtell faced Orange Local Court on Monday charged with high-range PCA and two counts of resisting police.
According to the police statement, Daniels pulled his Toyota Landcruiser out onto Millthorpe Road at about 2am on May 8 before stopping in the middle of the road.
He then crossed to the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed parked cars on Park Street.
Police then pulled him over on Park Street for a breath analysis.
Police said Daniels then walked toward to the police vehicle before walking away again to rest on a fence and pushed police away when they tried to guide him back to the vehicle.
He later wrestled with police before he was capsicum sprayed and arrested.
Later at Orange Police Station, he refused to re-enter the dock after his breath analysis and again wrestled with police.
His solicitor, Michael Madden, said Daniels’ employer’s reference said his client was a hard-working bricklayer.
“He has no fixed address because he works all over and he has his Landcruiser set up to camp,” he said.
“He knew he was going to lose his licence and he panicked because everything he owns is in that vehicle.”
Mr Madden said those who worked hard, drank hard, but his client was “apologetic for the way he carried on” and completed the traffic offenders intervention program.
Mr Lucas fined him $1200 for the resisting arrest offences, $2000 for the high-range PCA and added a 24-month interlock period.