A Ballimore man made a lucky escape after his land cruiser left the road and landed on its side near a tree, while he was driving drunk more than two times the legal limit.
Mathew Hillsley left his home after consuming a number of unknown drinks following an argument with his wife.
According to court documents, the 48-year-old was driving 80km/h in a Toyota land cruiser south on Ballimore Road at Dubbo, when it entered a slight bend in the road.
The land cruiser was unable to stay on the road and its passenger side wheels hit the unsealed shoulder, clipping shrubbery for about 20 metres.
Hillsley attempted to correct the vehicle, however it rotated clockwise causing the land cruiser to roll through a fence and between trees for about 50 metres before coming to a stop on its side.
According to police the driver's side door was against a tree, and there had been substantial damage done to the vehicle.
Hillsley managed to escape through the passenger door and called his wife, who attended the scene a short time later and contacted Triple Zero.
Police arrived and found Hillsley at the back of the vehicle complaining of shoulder pain. Despite initially refusing treatment from NSW Ambulance paramedics, he was eventually taken to Dubbo Hospital.
A blood alcohol sample later retuned a reading of of 0.139 - more than two times the legal limit.
In November Hillsley pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving in Dubbo Local Court, and the matter was adjourned so he could complete the traffic offender program.
Representing himself in Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday Hillsley was sentenced by Magistrate Gary Wilson, who said his reading "wasn't a good result".
"You're quite fortunate in some respects, and fortunate you didn't take anyone else out more to the point," he said.
Hillsley was disqualified from driving for six months, fined $850 and ordered to install an interlock device in a vehicle for 12 months.