A man who was caught driving with a mid-range reading of 0.123 was convicted in Orange Local Court on Monday.
Dean Scott Taylor, 29, of Markham Drive, told police he drank five or six schooners of beer and two rum and Cokes before driving on October 26.
He was stopped in Gardiner Road about 8.50pm.
Solicitor Andrew Rolfe said Taylor was held in high regard by people who knew him and he effectively lost his employment because he was required to drive as part of his job.
Magistrate David Day convicted him and gave him a nine-month community correction order, disqualified him from driving for two months and placed him on a 12-month interlock order.
"Five to six schooners you would know that 'oops that's a few too many' to go for a drive," Mr Day said.
"The reading was 0.123 putting him towards the high end of the middle-range offence."
Driver had taken ice
A driver who tested positive to methamphetamine was convicted in his absence in Orange Local Court on Monday.
Richard Michael Harrison, 37, of Sir Neville Howse Place, was stopped by police near the intersection of Margaret Street and Jubilee Avenue on about 8.40pm on September 2.
He was taken to Orange Police Station for further analysis after failing a drug test.
He was fined $600 and his driver's licence was disqualified for six months.
Should have caught taxi
A man who was caught driving despite never having had a driver's licence was convicted after sending in a written plea of guilty to Orange Local Court on Monday.
Michael Garry Fieldus, 46, of McLachlan Street, stated he had been called into work on a Sunday and normally caught a lift, he accepted that he should have caught a taxi in the absence of a ride.
Fieldus was fined $330 and his driver's licence was disqualified for three months.
Bad driving record for Samaritan
A man who said he had to get to Orange so he could take clothes to a companion who had just had surgery, was convicted in Orange Local Court on Monday.
Leslie Smith, 73, of Havannah Street, Bathurst, was charged with driving without a licence after he was stopped by police on November 24.
Magistrate David Day gave him a six-month community correction order and four-month driving disqualification due to his "very bad driving record".
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