Court tells driver he's lucky not to be a coronial matter

A 19-year-old Canowindra man has been fined $200, disqualified from driving for three months and given a 12 month interlock period at Cowra Local Court.

Lachlan Rhys Jones of Suttor Street was before the court charged with a middle range PCA.

According to police facts around 12.35am on February 24 police were patrolling Blatchford Street when they saw a white ute leave the lane behind the Canowindra Services Club at an excessive speed.

Police followed the ute observing it travel in excess of the 80km/h speed limit until it pulled over at the intersection of Nangar Raod and Warraderry Way.

Police stopped and spoke to both the driver and passenger, Jones admitted he was the driver and that they were going to Nyrang Creek to try out the vehicle's four-wheel drive.

Due to Jones's eyes being glassy and his breath smelling of liquor he was subject to a road side breath test which returned a positive reading.

Jones was taken back to the Canowindra Police station where a secondary breath analysis returned a reading of 0.102grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.

In sentencing Jones, Magistrate Michael O'Brien, said he was lucky to appear before the court.

"The good news is you have lived to tell your tale," he said.

"When you have alcohol in your system your ability to deal with emergencies on the road is compromised. You could have very easily been a statistic and have come across my desk as a coroner's matter.

"You need to learn from this experience, the last thing you want is for your mother to get a knock on the door from two police officers giving her terrible news.

"Your shouldn't have had any alcohol in your system, it didn't get there by accident."

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