DRIVING through two red lights and a stop sign while under the influence of alcohol has cost a Nowra man $1400 and a nine-month disqualification.
In Nowra Local Court, Matthew Raymond Abernethy, 35, of Hale Avenue pleaded guilty to four charges.
Police were sitting at a red light at the intersection of Berry and Junction streets at 7pm on December 29 when they saw Abernethy drive through.
They made a U-turn and with lights flashing and sirens blaring followed him as he headed south on Berry Street.
Abernethy next drove through a red light at the intersection of Plunkett Street causing another car to take evasive action. He sped through the Douglas Street stop sign before turning east into St Anns Street and stopping in his driveway.
Police noticed Abernethy smelt of alcohol, had glazed eyes and a sluggish walk, but were unable to breath test him as he was home.
When police questioned him about his driving he told them he thought the light was going to turn green.
Abernethy said he had had seven schooners of beer at Nowra Golf Club between 3pm and 7pm and told police he should have known better.