"We need to take you off the road before you kill someone," was the simple message from Magistrate Gabriel Fleming to David Edward John Gehl, who faced multiple driving charges in Nowra Local Court.
Gehl, 52, of Nowra was caught drink driving on four occasions and twice driving while disqualified in just over three months late last year.
In court on Monday, Gehl pleaded guilty to two counts of low range drink driving, one count of mid-range drink driving and a special category drink driving offence, along with two counts of driving while suspended.
The court heard Gehl was caught low range drink driving around 10.38pm on September 5 at Page Avenue, North Nowra, where he returned a reading of 0.72.
Nine days later he was again caught by police in Abergeldie Street, Nowra East on September 14, returning another low range reading of 0.74.
Police again nabbed him behind the wheel on the Princes Highway at Bomaderry on October 17 where he returned a mid-range reading of 0.188.
He was also charged with driving while suspended.
Gehl was caught again by police on November 23, again in Abergeldie Street, Nowra East at 10.40pm, where he returned a breath reading of 0.45 and was charged with a special category drink driving offence and again with driving while suspended.
Magistrate Gabriel Fleming described Gehl's driving record as an "absolute disgrace".
"You have a number of driving matters ... it says to me you think you can do what you like.
"You are putting yourself and the community at risk. Your manner of driving is nothing short of disgraceful.
"We need to send a strong message to the community and you that you can't turn your car into a weapon and drive.
"We need to take you off the road before you kill someone."
Magistrate Fleming fined Gehl $1700 and disqualified him from driving for three months and ordered he have an interlock device fitted to his vehicle for 12 months.
"The charges of mid-range drink driving and driving while suspended are serious and both carry a jail sentence," she said. "There is no alternative to jail."
The court was told Gehl had been on a disability support pension for most of his life.
He admitted to having alcohol problems and said he was trying to deal with the issue, including undertaking a rehabilitation program which included alcohol detoxing.
Magistrate Fleming ordered Gehl undergo assessment for possible home detention and return to court on June 29.
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