"Menace" driver disqualified in Cowra Local Court

A 23-year-old Wyangala Dam man has been fined $300, disqualified from driving for nine months, given a 48 months mandatory interlock order, a 12 month Intensive Corrections Order and ordered to abstain from alcohol for two months at Cowra Local Court.

Dion Forsyth Scott of Blue Mantle Road was before the court charged with driving with a high range PCA.

According to police facts around 1.30am on December 16, 2018, police were patrolling Cowra when they saw a vehicle travelling at high speed along Redfern Street. Police stopped the vehicle and subjected Scott to a breath test.

The breath test returned a positive reading and Scott was taken to Cowra Police Station for a breath analysis which returned a reading on 0.173 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.

Scott's solicitor Mr Johnson told the court his client accepted he would be off the road no matter what and had moderated his drinking.

"In the last few months he has gone from drinking one and a half cases to six bottles and is in a better place then he was before," Mr Johnson said.

In sentencing Scott, Magistrate Michael O'Brien said it was disheartening to see he had attended the traffic offenders program and still driven with a high range PCA while on a provisional licence.

"You made a conscious decision to drive knowing the consequences of what can happen when people who are intoxicated drive," he said.

"The idea of giving you a Section 10 previously was to satisfy the court the risk of you re-offending was remote, but here you are facing charges that carry two years imprisonment, a fine of $5500 and a disqualification for 5 years.

"I'm am going to give you a sentence that reflects the seriousness of your offending but allows you to return home. You now have the sword of Damocles hanging over your head.

"We are talking about safety, not only yours but your passenger's and others. On the night of offending you posed a threat, you were a menace."