Drunk driver crashes car into paddock near Gooloogong

Dale Andrew Norris, 45, of Charnwood pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, April 5.

Dale Andrew Norris, 45, of Charnwood pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, April 5.

An ACT man who registered a mid-range blood alcohol reading and rolled his vehicle into a paddock on Casuarina Way near Gooloogong will spend the next nine months off the road and then have an interlock device installed for 24 months.

Dale Andrew Norris, 45, of Charnwood pleaded guilty to the charge at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, April 5.

According to police facts tendered at court, Norris was heading to Dubbo when he lost control of his car which flipped a wire fence and came to rest on its roof about 4.40am on January 28 this year.

A farmer who was preparing his cows for milking witnessed the crash, removed Norris from the car and called emergency services.

Much to the astonishment to a farmer and his cows. - Magistrate Peter Dare

Police facts say that Norris refused treatment from ambulance officers and told police: “Yes, I’ve been drinking. I will go over. Let’s just get on with it.”

He had suffered minor lacerations.

Norris was taken to Canowindra Police Station and registered a blood alcohol reading of .133.

“He under took a trip. He had some beers, probably about 10, and decided to drive to Dubbo,” Norris’ solicitor Clive Hill said at court.

“He didn’t get there and rolled into an embankment.

“Much to the astonishment to a farmer and his cows,” Magistrate Peter Dare added.

Magistrate Dare noted that it was Norris’ third offence and second within five years.

A $400 fine was also imposed.

Mid-range offence

A 25-year-old Cowra man will spend until October 5 without a drivers licence and is out of pocket $300 having been caught behind the wheel the morning after a night out.

Jack Andrew Nobes pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, April 5.

Nobes was stopped by police on Redfern Street about 7am on February 26 and his breath test registered .085.

He was taken to Cowra Police Station and admitted to drinking four beers and four vodka sodas between 9pm and 12.30am the night before. “The reading’s a bit high for a section 10,” Magistrate Peter Dare said at court.

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