Drink driver admitted to consuming four beers before breath test

DRINK DRIVERS CAUGHT: Two men who were caught low-range drink driving represented themselves in Orange Local Court. FILE PHOTO
DRINK DRIVERS CAUGHT: Two men who were caught low-range drink driving represented themselves in Orange Local Court. FILE PHOTO

A $700 fine and a three-month driving disqualification were given to a man who was caught low-range drink-driving with a reading of 0.072 on October 6.

Garry James Matthews, 36, of Currong Crescent, represented himself in Orange Local Court for sentencing on Monday.

He was caught after being stopped at a stationary road-side breath test on Bathurst Road at 7pm. 

When he was pulled over he admitted he might fail the test and was quoted as saying, “sorry sir, I have had four beers, I think I will go over”. 

Man caught drink driving had 23 matters on his traffic record

A man who was caught low-range drink driving after police saw his car swerve over double unbroken lines said he had been trying to pull his wallet out of his back pocket.

Ross Edwin Oates, 38, of Margaret Street, returned a reading of 0.062 after testing positive to a breath test in Dalton Street on August 12.

He was fined $750 and was disqualified for three months by magistrate Anthony Spence in Orange Local court on Monday.

“I can count 23 matters on your traffic record including one drink-driving matter,” Mr Spence said. 

He was stopped and breath tested about 8pm and said he had three beers between 7pm and 7.30pm.