Driver asleep in middle of road

A ROOFING contractor who drove from a party, then stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road and went to sleep, got a wake-up call in Lismore Local Court yesterday.

Luke Geoffrey McNamara, 27, had pleaded guilty to a charge of high-range drink-driving (.200).

McNamara had attended a birthday party at The Channon Tavern with the intention of sleeping in his Mitsubishi Triton afterwards, his solicitor, Brendan Ware, told the court.

But after the party he had driven a kilometre, stopped on a country road, and kept the lights on and the engine running to stay warm.

He admitted drinking 15 schooners of full-strength beer.

McNamara believed he had pulled over to the side of the narrow road – a fact that Magistrate Robyn Denes said ‘only made things worse'.

McNamara's licence had been suspended immediately and Mr Ware said he ‘felt the loss of it, as he was unable to fulfil the contracts he had with construction companies'.

His early guilty plea and the fact there were no aggravating factors were reasons to reduce the disqualification period, Mr Ware said.

Ms Denes said McNamara was clearly affected by alcohol and the .200 reading was an aggravating feature.

He was disqualified for 18 months and fined $900.



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