An unlit rear number plate has led to an Old Erowal Bay man being charged with high range drink driving.
Jonathon Edward Cooper, 48, returned a breath reading almost four times the legal limit when he was stopped by police at Sanctuary Point on September 7.
Police, conducting regular operations in the area, noticed Cooper's Holden Commodore around 10.50pm.
A non-illuminated rear number plate, meaning it was unreadable, led to officers pulling the vehicle over on The Park Drive near Larmer Avenue.
Court papers said as officers approached the car there was a strong smell of alcohol and Cooper appeared sedate.
He returned a positive breath test and later at the new Bay and Basin Police Station a reading of 0.199.
Cooper told police he had started drinking around 6pm and had drunk six full-strength beers, as well as eating a meat pie.
Cooper pleaded guilty to high range drink driving before registrar Craig Cockburn in Nowra Local Court on Monday, October 14.
He will reappear in court in early November.