Man convicted, fined and put off the road for high-range drink-driving offence

A Danish man working in Australia who blew more than three times the blood alcohol limit has picked up a conviction at Dubbo.

Kasper Meldgaard, 20, was seen by police in Eastridge swerving on the road and turning corners without indicating and then returned a reading of .169.

He faced Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to high-range drink-driving.

Magistrate Philip Stewart convicted Meldgaard, fined him $800 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

About 4.20am on October 8 a Nissan Pulsar came to the attention of police for the manner of driving, court documents show.

It was swerving on the road and turning corners without indicating, the documents show.

Police stopped the vehicle in Websdale Drive near Carling Court.

Meldgaard, the driver, produced a licence from Denmark when police requested he show his licence.

He returned a positive breath test, was arrested and taken to Dubbo Police Station.

The 20-year-old then returned a reading of .169.

He told police he had consumed about six or seven bottles of Great Northern Beer prior to being stopped by police.

Appearing in court to face the charge Meldgaard represented himself.

He confirmed he was in Australia on a working visa.

He said he had not been thinking clearly at the time of the offence and had been “stupid”.

He had a need to drive at his Dubbo workplace at times, the court heard.

Mr Stewart disqualified Meldgaard from driving for nine months and made an alcohol interlock order for 24 months.

Interlocks are electronic breath testing devices linked to the ignition system.

Drivers must provide a breath sample for analysis.

If a positive sample is detected, the vehicle will not start.

Randomly timed breath tests must also be passed during a journey.

Costs associated with installing and servicing alcohol interlocks must be paid by the participant.

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