An unaccompanied learner driver who returned a mid-range breath reading when stopped by police has been fined $900, placed on a 12-month community corrections order and disqualified from driving for three months.
Dale Leslie Watson, 32, of Sanctuary Point, pleaded guilty to being an unaccompanied learner driving and mid-range drink driving in Nowra Local Court.
In a letter to the court, Watson described his actions as "stupid", saying he was "truly sorry" and promised it "would never happen again".
Watson was stopped by police in Illfracombe Avenue, Vincentia between 10.25pm and 11.29pm on July 12.
He returned a positive breath test and later a reading almost three times the limit. 0.145.
As a learner driver, he should have a zero alcohol reading.
In Nowra Court on Monday, September 16, Magistrate Susan McGowen placed him on a 12-month community corrections order, meaning he can serve his sentence within the community, fined him $900, disqualified him from driving for three months and ordered he have an interlock device fitted to his vehicle for 12 months.
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