Crash driver blew 0.150 after being taken to police station

A DRINK-DRIVER who crashed his car has been ordered to undertake a 175 hour community correction order and has been disqualified from driving.  

Brendan Thomas Luther, 25, of Bligh Street, Oberon, appeared before Magistrate Follent in Bathurst Local Court charged with high range PCA and negligent driving.

Police facts tendered to the court told how the accused was driving his Mazda BT-50 south on Dudley Street at 12.40am on May 27 this year when he attempted a right-hand turn into Bligh Street and hit a concrete wall.

The collision caused major damage to his car, rendering it inoperable.

The accused was seen by a number of residents attempting to restart the car, police were called and he was spoken to at the scene.

Luther admitted to being the owner of the vehicle, but would not identify the driver at the time of the crash when first spoken to by police at the scene.

As police were speaking to the accused, they said his breath smelled strongly of alcohol.

Witnesses were spoken to at the scene by police, who were able to identify the accused as being the driver of the vehicle and the only person in the car at the time of the crash.

The accused was spoken to again and admitted to being the driver. He was given a roadside breath test, which produced a positive result, was placed under arrest and taken to Oberon Police Station, where a breath analysis recorded 0.150.

He was issued with a notice of suspension and agreed to be interviewed electronically, where he admitted to being the driver of the car at the time of the accident.

In regards to his drinking, Luther admitted to consuming an unknown quantity of pre-mixed rum and Coke cans between 2pm and 12.20am, according to the police facts.

On the high range PCA matter, Luther was ordered to do 175 hours of community service, was disqualified from driving for nine months and placed on an interlock order. On the negligent driving charge, he was convicted and fined $500.