Drink-driver who initially went to court drunk returns sober
A MAN who was too drunk at his own court appearance to enter a plea has returned to plead guilty and be sentenced.
Daryl John Pollock appeared in court on May 8 to plead guilty to his drink-driving and unlicensed driving charges, but was turned away after police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said she had concerns about Pollock's ability to enter a plea.
Snr Const Grigoris believed Pollock was intoxicated as he smelled strongly of liquor and his speech was slurred.
Magistrate Graham Hillan agreed and adjourned the matter until May 16.
On that day, Magistrate Graeme Tatnell was in charge.
"Feeling better today, Mr Pollock?" Mr Tatnell asked.
"Yes Your Honour," Pollock replied.
Snr Const Grigoris said Pollock was intercepted for a roadside breath test in Urraween on April 17.
Pollock returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.193, almost four times more than the legal alcohol limit, Snr Const Grigoris said.
Pollock was also charged with being a repeat offender for unlicensed driving.
The court heard this was Pollock's second major drink- driving offence since 2009, when he was caught driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.294.
Duty lawyer John Milburn said Pollock apologised for the state in which he appeared in court on May 8.
Mr Milburn said Pollock was seeking help for problems with alcohol, including bouts of binge drinking.
"You're lucky you didn't kill someone," Mr Tatnell told Pollock.
Pollock was fined $2000 and was disqualified from holding a licence for 21 months.