A Tahmoor man has avoided jail after pleading guilty to a drink-driving incident in which he almost ran into a police car.
Daniel James Gardiner faced Wollongong Local Court yesterday on a mid-range drink-driving charge, admitting he had a problem with alcohol and needed help.
The court heard police were travelling in one lane on the Princes Motorway at Dapto and Gardiner in the other on the afternoon of January 22 this year when Gardiner decided to switch lanes, veering in front of the police car and almost colliding with it.
He was subsequently stopped and breath tested, which returned positive for alcohol.
He was taken to Dapto police station where he blew an alcohol reading of 0.124, more than double the legal limit.
Gardiner was charged with mid-range drink-driving and had his licence suspended on the spot.
The court yesterday heard Gardiner had consumed eight drinks between 7.30am and 4.30pm and had only had a light meal before getting behind the wheel of his car.
Asking for leniency in his sentence, Gardiner told magistrate Michael Stoddart he was intent on getting his alcohol problem sorted and wanted to enter a rehabilitation program.
He conceded he already had three drink-driving matters on his record, but said a significant amount of time had lapsed since his last offence.
Mr Stoddart agreed to give Gardiner one last chance, suspending his eight-month jail term on the condition he enter into a good-behaviour bond for the same period.
He ordered Gardiner to abide by whatever conditions or programs probation and parole officers saw fit to impose on him.