Learner blames speedometer

A Darbys Falls man has been given fines totaling $700 and disqualified from driving for three months at Cowra Local Court.

Timothy Alan Sheehan (32) of Main Street was charged with driving with a low range PCA, learner not accompanied, learner driver not displaying L plates and learner driver exceeding the speed limit by 30km/h.

According to police facts, around 10.35pm on September 8, 2017 police were patrolling Darbys Falls Road when they detected a vehicle that a radar check estimated to be travelling between 125-131km/h.

Police stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, Sheehan, who produced a current learners licence. Police then conducted an inspection of the vehicle and a roadside breath test of Sheehan.

The inspection found the vehicle to not be displaying L plates and the roadside breath test returned a positive reading, a secondary test at the Cowra police station returned a reading of 0.067 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.

In relation to his drinking and speeding Sheehan told police he had drunk a long neck of VB at a friend’s house before driving and that his speedometer must be out as it was only displaying 100km/h.

Magistrate Michael O’Brien dealt with the matters in Sheehan’s absence as the court was informed he was in custody on unrelated parole breaches.

Low Range PCA

Darryl James Lawler (48) of Noyeau Street Woodstock was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for three months in his absence at Cowra Local Court.

According to police facts, around 4.10pm on October 8, 2017 Lawler was stopped on the Mid Western Highway at a stationary breath testing site.

Whilst speaking to police Lawler’s breath smelt of liquor so a roadside breath test was conducted returning a positive reading. Inside a mobile breath testing site a secondary test returned a positive reading of 0.077 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath. In relation to his drinking Lawler told police he had drunk three full strength bottles of beer.