A Geurie man who got drunk on Anzac day in Dubbo and attempted to drive home, ended up losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a number of trees.
Warrick James Schneider, 31, was driving a silver Holden Rodeo on Boundary Creek Road in Dubbo, when it drifted off the road and into the unsealed shoulder, about 11.55pm on April 25.
According to police, Schneider overcorrected the vehicle, forcing it to spin clockwise and slide across the roadway crashing into a number of trees on the opposite shoulder.
Schneider then left the vehicle and began walking along the western fence line toward Whitewood Road, and was not visible to emergency services as they passed heading to the crash.
He was later intercepted by family members and police a short distance later.
NSW Ambulance paramedics treated Schneider before he was taken to Dubbo Hospital with a suspected broken collar bone.
At the hospital, Schneider told police he had been drinking at a local venue since 2pm, and consumed an unknown amount of alcohol.
He said he then dropped off a family member at a home on Boundary Creek Road, before he attempted to drive home to Geurie.
A blood alcohol test later returned a reading of 0.141.
In Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday, Schneider pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving.
Defence lawyer Thomas Eckersley said his client had been undergoing financial strain, after funds were withheld from a stock and station agent after a sale that had gone through.
He said Schneider had gone out on Anzac day to "unwind with his friend and his grandfather".
"He understands this is not an appropriate way to deal with the stress," he said.
The court heard Schneider owned a contracting business with his brother, and was required to frequently operate a variety of machinery on different NSW roads. Mr Eckersley said his need for a licence was strong.
"Given the type of work is seasonal, if he spends any substantial period of time off the road, he will suffer from financial hardship," he said.
"His three children and wife all rely on income generated from the business."
Magistrate Gary Wilson said Schneider shouldn't expect leniency with a reading which was just below high-range.
"I can safely assume that the reason you lost control was because of your degree of intoxication," he said.
"Unfortunately people realise how precious a drivers licence is and how import it is for their employment and family.
"Given the circumstances of the accident you're lucky to even be here. Then also lucky there was nothing coming in the other direction."
Magistrate Wilson said character references stated he was a "wonderful person" and had an "exemplary" traffic record, however he didn't agree it was a "lapse of judgement".
"It was a conscious lapse of judgement," he said.
"You made a conscious decision to get behind the wheel inebriated."
Schneider was disqualified from driving for three months, fined $1000 and ordered to install an interlock device for 12 months.