Drink-driver jailed after 6 years

IT MAY have taken six years, but time did wait for Wardell man Ashton Cameron when he was jailed on Monday for drink-driving, assaulting police and escaping police custody offences dating back to October 2004.

Cameron, 38, of Cabbage Tree Island, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to drink-driving on October 27, 2004; driving unlicensed; escaping police custody; resisting police; and a second charge of drink-driving on the same day that took place just two hours after his first arrest.

Police facts stated that in 2004, Cameron was arrested by police driving in Evans Head at 8pm with a high blood/alcohol reading of 0.160. An officer drove him home, but just after 10pm that same night police saw a group of people running before and getting into Cameron’s Ford Falcon that had been left parked on a street

When police illuminated the inside of the Ford sedan Cameron was clearly seen to be the driver.

Children and his de facto were also inside. His second breath analysis for that evening gave a blood/alcohol reading of 0.100.

Cameron was arrested a second time, but police stated he left the scene and officers could not find him. He was again arrested three days later, charged and released.

He subsequently failed to app-ear at court in March 2005 to face the charges, but was arrested last week on a charge of assaulting his girlfriend.

Defence lawyer Neal Funnell said his client had little recollection of the incidents because of the level of his intoxication at the time and because it was six years ago.

“It is of concern that he drove again and it was a mid-range (offence) and there were children in the car,” Mr Funnell said.

“He has no recollection of what happened when arrested the sec-ond time and doesn’t remember running away.”

Magistrate Jeff Linden said that while his NSW police record was not so bad, his Queensland criminal record was of concern.

Cameron will serve one month in jail and was disqualified from driving for two years.

A fresh charge of assaulting his girlfriend at Cabbage Tree Island, near Wardell, on October 9 wasadjourned to November 3.

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