Abusive drunk NYE driver faces Byron court.

IN ONE of the first cases to come before Byron Bay Local Court relating to the town's hectic Christmas/New Year period, a Brisbane tourist has been fined $2,100 and disqualified from driving for four years after being caught drink driving twice in less than 24-hours and hitting three parked cars at Suffolk Park.

The court heard today that James Daniel Bryde, who was staying with friends at a local camp site, was seen swerving erratically from side to side in a ute on Broken Head Rd on January 4.

Shortly after the tradesman hit a vehicle parked on a kerb in front of a house but continued driving and hit two more vehicles.

Hearing the noise, the owners of the vehicles and residents went outside and saw the accused and a male passenger attempting to leave the scene.

According to court documents, Bryde became aggressive when they ordered them not to leave.

Police arrived and arrested the 30-year-old driver and he was taken to the local police station where he recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.257.

Police reported that he needed support walking and his speech was slurred and his eyes droopy and bloodshot.

The next morning after being released from custody, Bryde got back into his vehicle and was again stopped by police this time recording a blood alcohol level of 0.19.

Bryde pleaded guilty to all charges with Magistrate Dakin describing his behaviour as selfish and reckless.



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