Drink-driver nabbed twice in one night: court

A drink-driver caught behind the wheel twice in one night allegedly tried to ram a police car and later told officers: "I don't care who I kill", Wollongong Local Court has heard.

Dapto labourer Paul Fowles was allegedly caught with a blood-alcohol reading more than four times the legal limit early yesterday, after he tried to crash into the back of a police car, which then forced the officer to run a red light to avoid a collision. Fowles was arrested but allegedly passed out at the police station and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

He was released from custody at 5am yesterday with a warning not to drive, but officers allegedly spotted him behind the wheel just 30 minutes later.

Opposing the 32-year-old's bid for bail, prosecutor Sergeant Pavlin told the court Fowles had put other drivers in extreme danger yet had showed no remorse for his actions, simply telling police he didn't care who he killed.

Police claim Fowles, who was already disqualified from driving until 2014, was seen heading down Crown Street, Wollongong, about 2.30am yesterday.

Officers were stopped on Corrimal Street when they allegedly saw Fowles heading directly towards the back of their car.

Fowles started braking but police were forced to accelerate into the intersection to avoid a collision.

Officers then followed Fowles as he allegedly swerved along Crown Street, eventually stopping his car for a breath test.

He admitted he was suspended from driving before blowing a 0.215 alcohol reading, the court heard.

After his stint in Wollongong Hospital, Fowles was released but warned not to drive.

Just half an hour later, police allegedly saw Fowles driving again along Crown Street.

He was charged with 10 driving offences, including mid-range drink-driving and driving while disqualified.

Solicitor Angela Melouney, acting for Fowles, suggested he be assessed for alcohol rehabilitation. She said Fowles had strong community ties and full-time work, and could provide a surety.

Magistrate Doug Dick refused Fowles bail, noting that he seemed to be notching up offences "alarmingly quickly".

Fowles is set to reappear in court on February 5.

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