Two men were convicted in Orange Local Court recently for high-range and mid-range drink-driving.
Corey Stuart Skelton, 48, of Perc Griffith Way, was caught high-range drink driving on Millthorpe Road about midnight on August 10.
According to police, Skelton was driving near Wombiana Lane, Blayney, and he was stopped due to his manner of driving.
Police said he was driving towards them and failed to dim his high-beam headlights.
Then when police conducted a u-turn to follow him, they saw him veer onto the wrong side of the road so they turned on their warning lights and he travelled a further 500 metres and again veered before stopping.
After failing a breath test, he was arrested and taken to Blayney Police Station where he gave a high-range reading of 0.186 on breath analysis.
Solicitor Neil Jones said Skelton worked at Electrolux for 20 years and after the closure, his life spiralled down, affecting his relationships.
Alcohol has been a bit of a crutch.Solicitor Neil Jones
"He has a history of depression and alcohol has been a bit of a crutch for that," Mr Jones said.
Mr Jones said Skelton also lost his job as a result of his arrest and magistrate David Day took into account a driving suspension.
Mr Day convicted Skelton and gave him a nine-month community corrections order, disqualified his driver's licence for five months and gave him a 24-month interlock order.
In a separate matter, Troy Kingsley Skelton, 50, of Wattle Avenue, was caught mid-range drink-driving on Coronation Drive with a reading of 0.115 on August 29, 2019.
Solicitor Mason Manwaring said Skelton had two similiar matters on his record but they were 25 and 32 years ago.
Otherwise, he said Skelton had a "fairly good" traffic record and he needed his licence because worked across NSW.
"He had gone to a friend's home to have some minor accessories fitter to his vehicle," Mr Manwaring said.
"He was having a few drinks while that was being done."
Mr Manwaring said his client had been off the road since then, which Mr Day took into account during sentencing.
Skelton was convicted, fined $880, his driver's licence was disqualified for two months and he was given a 12-month interlock order.
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