A Cowra man charged with mid-range PCA has been disqualified from driving for six months and fined $450, despite telling the court he “only drinks soft drink” now.
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Wayne Bargwana, 59, pleaded guilty at Cowra Local Court while representing himself in front of Magistrate Allen on Wednesday, September 6.
According to facts tendered at court, Bargwana consumed a “number of beers” before getting behind the wheel and being stopped by police on Conimbla Road about 3.50pm on June 28.
After his breath test returned positive to alcohol he was conveyed to Cowra Police Station where he registered the reading of .120.
“I know I wasn’t supposed to be drink driving,” Bargwana told the court.
“I attended the traffic offenders course because it was an alcohol related driving offence. I only drink soft drink now. I need my licence for work.”
Magistrate Allen said it was an offence he couldn’t show leniency to due to the height of the reading.
“.120 is more than twice the legal limit. You were substantially impaired. It’s not a matter in which I could proceed without a conviction.”
The disqualification was backdated to June 28.
Gooloogong man Gerard Bennett has been handed a 12 month disqualification and $650 fine in his absence at Cowra Local Court.
The 25-year-old had his charge of mid-range drink driving dealt with by Magistrate Allen on Wednesday, September 6.
Police facts tendered at court say Bennett entered his vehicle and left a Hotel at Gooloogong about 10.20pm on June 21, before colliding with another vehicle parked on Main Street.
The owner of the parked vehicle called police after hearing the collision. Police attended and Bennett was subject to a breath analysis which returned a positive detection. He was cautioned, placed under arrest and conveyed to Canowindra Police Station.
Bennett admitted to drinking six Coronas between 6pm and 10.05pm. At Canowindra Police Station a reading of .126 was obtained.
A Canowindra man was issued a $200 fine at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, September 6 after failing to appear on a charge of exceeding the speed limit.
Jason Fliedner, 44, was picked up by police travelling 117km/hr in a 100km/hr zone on the Canowindra Road, Cowra about 5pm on April 22.
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