Drink-driver fined and disqualified from driving

A YOUNG MAN with a clean record has been fined $500 for mid-range drink-driving.

James Alexander McKinnon pleaded guilty when he represented himself before Magistrate Andrew Eckhold in Dubbo Local Court.

Police said the 19-year-old was arrested after he was found fishtailing in a vehicle in Macquarie Street in the early hours of August 18.

The court heard McKinnon had not eaten before consuming eight to 10 beers.

"At the time I was not thinking,'' McKinnon told Magistrate Eckhold.

"I deeply regret my actions.

"I learnt a lot by participating in the traffic offender education program.''

The court heard McKinnon was employed and earned about $600 a week. He lived 10 kilometres from Dubbo with a single mother who was in hospital after fracturing her spine in a fall from a horse.

Magistrate Eckhold said McKinnon's drink-driving charge was aggravated by the manner of his driving.

"You made a bad decision,'' the magistrate said.

McKinnon was disqualified from driving for six months.

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