Offender was in walking distance of home

Offender was in walking distance of home

A Cowra man who represented himself on a charge of high range drink driving was fined $660 and disqualified from driving for six months in the Local Court on April 21.

Jake Leonard Miller, 35, of Brougham Street, was charged with the offence after he was stopped by police at 1.35am on March 13 this year for a random breath test.

He returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.150 after admitting to consuming six beers at a local hotel.

Magistrate Jillian Kiely, during sentencing, also ordered a 24 month interlock order be imposed on Miller who entered a plea of guilty to the charge.

"He has no infringements on his licence, since getting it in 2011, nothing for speeding, not even for not wearing his P plates, nothing," Ms Kiely noted in court.

Ms Kiely said as Miller currently drives a heavy vehicle for a Cowra company a disqualification would see him "significantly inconvenienced".

"Having said that it's rarely appropriate to use discretion not to record a conviction, the usual penalty is a fine and automatic disqualification.

"Other than your work there is no other reason why you need to have your licence, I can't see any reason to depart from normal sentencing particularly as you (lived) within walking distance of the pub," Ms Kiely told Miller.