Alan Keith Kinnell had already knocked back four stubbies of VB beer, over a four-hour period, when he got behind the wheel to buy more alcohol.
He had not travelled far from his Sidney Street home at Gwynneville when police pulled him over in Braeside Ave, Keiraville.
According to tendered police facts, Kinnell told officers when he was stopped on August 9 this year at 7.15pm: ‘‘I’m f--ked now, I’m going to jail. I’m on a suspended sentence for being disqualified and driving pissed.’’
Police noticed during the conversation that Kinnell smelt of alcohol. A later breath analysis test they gave him returned a positive reading of 0.064.
Yesterday Kinnell, 52, a self-employed plumber, was in fact sent to jail.
Appearing before Wollongong Local Court, Kinnell was convicted of driving his car on August 9 during a period of disqualification and low range drink-driving.
Magistrate Doug Dick sentenced Kinnell to an 18-month prison sentence, with a non-parole period of six months, and disqualified him from driving for two years.
Mr Dick, who described Kinnell’s traffic history as ‘‘horrendous’’, further ordered that Kinnell receive intensive treatment for alcohol abuse while he is in custody or on parole.
On the drink-drive charge, Kinnell was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $600.
Tendered police facts said Kinnell had a lengthy traffic history with multiple drink-driving convictions and drive while disqualified, suspended or cancelled licence offences.
At the time of his latest drink-drive offence, Kinnell was already on a 12-month suspended jail sentence for similar mattersissued by Wollongong District Court.