Pack for jail next time, warns magistrate

A Port Kembla man has been warned to pack his bags for jail if he gets caught drink-driving again.

Paul Andrew Walmsley, 52, had knocked back 10 beers on a night out in Sydney before getting the train back to Wollongong and jumping straight behind the wheel of his car in the early hours of May 31, Port Kembla Local Court heard on Thursday.

Despite the large volume of booze he consumed, the court heard Walmsley felt fine to drive.

When he was stopped by police for a random breath test about 3am, officers said Walmsley stumbled out of the driver's seat and headed towards a nearby unit complex, throwing his keys under a boat trailer.

A breath analysis later revealed a reading of 0.178 - more than three times the legal driving limit.

"Do you realise how dangerous and irresponsible your actions were?" Magistrate Michael Stoddart asked. "It seems to me like you didn't give a stuff about anyone else on the road that morning."

Walmsley, pleading guilty to high-range drink-driving, said he was disgusted in his actions that night and apologised.

He was ordered to do 150 hours community service and was disqualified from driving for two years.

The court heard Walmsley had previously been caught mid-range drink-driving.

"If you come back before the court with another drink-drive matter you can pack your bags," Mr Stoddart said.

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