A mid-range drink-driver will have to complete 75 hours of community service after he was convicted in Orange Local Court.
Zachary Matthew Bell, 29, of Mt Vernon Road, Mt Vernon, was caught drink driving on the Northern Distributor Road on May 12 this year.
Solicitor Justine Ringbauer said although Bell was from Sydney he also had family connections in Orange.
"He was drinking at a party and was driving a friend, who he considered to be significantly affected by alcohol, home," Ms Ringbauer said.
"He was trying to help a friend out and doing so he did a stupid thing."
He was drinking at a party and was driving a friend, who he considered to be significantly affected by alcohol, home.Solicitor Justine Ringbauer
Ms Ringbauer said Bell had attended the Traffic Intervention Program twice but the first time he didn't pay enough attention because he'd just come off night shift.
According to police, Bell was travelling south on the Mitchell Highway and turned onto the Northern Distributor Road at 2.36am and he was stopped because he was swerving in his lane and travelling under the posted 80km/h speed limit.
When he was stopped, police said they smelt alcohol on Bell's breath and his speech was slurred and deliberate.
He tested positive during the breath test so was arrested and taken to Orange Police Station for breath analysis where he returned a reading of 0.099.
Magistrate Alexander Mijovich disqualified Bell's driver's licence and ordered him to have an interlock device fitted to his vehicle.
"It was one month after a disqualification finished in the other matter," Mr Mijovich said.
"Both of these have been mid-range, this is towards the lower end of mid-range."
He also placed Bell on a supervised 18-month community correction order and gave him the 75 hours of community service.
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