A DISQUALIFIED driver who allegedly drank five beers while on a high-speed police pursuit with an unrestrained six-year-old child in the back seat, told police he consumed the beers during the chase to “calm me down and stop me doing something stupid”.
Adam John Spackman, a 33-year-old Dubbo man, sat handcuffed and dishevelled in the dock at Orange Local Court yesterday as the charges against him were read out.
Spackman, who was represented by solicitor Andrew Rolfe, did not apply for bail and bail was refused.
He is facing seven charges, including driving with a mid range of alcohol in his system, consuming alcohol while driving, driving while disqualified (second offence), exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h, driving with a child unrestrained, driving recklessly and furiously in a manner dangerous and being involved in a police pursuit.
Prosecuting on behalf of NSW police, Sergeant Glenn Griffith told the court Spackman had a lengthy traffic and criminal history that was not in his favour.
Police were patrolling in the Northern Distributor Road area on Sunday afternoon just after 3pm when they spotted the Holden Commodore being driven west by Spackman who, police claim, overtook another vehicle on double lines.
Police followed the accused who allegedly reached speeds of up to 130km/h in an 80km/h zone when the pursuit was first initiated.
The accused was also clocked doing 110km/h in a 70km/h zone before heading on to the highway towards Molong with police following and signalling for the accused to stop.
At this stage Orange Highway Patrol officers called in assistance from the Dubbo Highway Patrol who were near Wellington at the time.
As the accused’s vehicle approached the Molong Bridge, road spikes were successfully deployed and the vehicle was immobilised.
After testing positive in a roadside breath test, Spackman was taken back to Molong Police Station where he blew 0.089, putting him in the mid-range category.
The police pursuit lasted for 38 kilometres.
The accused will be held in custody until he appears in court later this month.