A drunk driver who attempted to travel from Gooloogong to Orange to meet a Tinder match was flown to hospital after crashing his car in Cargo.
Dylan O'Hara, 22, of Angle Lane, Goolagong, was driving a Honda Civic hatchback when he lost control on a bend where Cargo Road turns into Belmore Street at 10.20pm on November 7.
He travelled onto the incorrect side of the road and hit a street sign at the intersection leading to Hamilton Street just before the Cargo Inn.
He continued travelling at speed and the driver's side of the vehicle clipped a power pole at the intersection.
The car continued travelling towards an SUV that was parked across the road from the Cargo Inn.
Two occupants were in the parked car waiting for a family member and saw O'Hara's headlights coming towards them, however their engine was off and they had no time to react.
The passenger-side of O'Hara's car crashed into the front of their vehicle and the impact caused O'Hara's hatchback to spin around and hit the driver's side of the witnesses' SUV.
The two witnesses were able to get out of their car but O'Hara was trapped in his vehicle.
It took 30 minutes to get him out of his vehicle.Magistrate David Day
Hotel patrons heard the crash and ran out to assist the three people and they phoned triple zero.
The Rural Fire Service, police and Fire and Rescue NSW attended and O'Hara was removed from his vehicle.
He was flown by helicopter to Orange Hospital with head and neck injuries.
The witnesses sustained minor leg injuries and were driven by ambulance to Orange Hospital.
Police spoke with O'Hara in the intensive care unit at Orange Hospital at 8.10pm on November 8.
A blood sample for alcohol testing was taken at the hospital at 12.30am and returned a mid-range alcohol reading of 0.117.
During the interview he said he had limited memory of the accident but he had finished work at a farm at Goolagong about 3.40pm.
He said he then went to a nearby pub for a beer before returning to his farm accommodation and had another four or five bottles of beer and a chicken schnitzel before he decided to drive to Orange to meet with a woman he met on Tinder.
His next memory was waking up in hospital and he did not know he had been transported to the hospital by helicopter.
O'Hara had an Irish driver's licence at the time of the crash. He arrived in Australia in February 2020 and was working at the farm at Goolagong so he could extend his visit with a two-year working Visa.
Magistrate David Day sentenced O'Hara on Monday after being presented with a summary of the offence and photographs of the crash scene.
O'Hara was not present in court and it was unclear if he was still in hospital.
Mr Day convicted O'Hara, fined him $1100, disqualified his driver's licence for three months and placed him on a 12-month interlock licence for mid-range drink-driving.
"It took 30 minutes to get him out of his vehicle," Mr Day said.
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