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Drunk gets his walking orders, fine

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November 24, 2017

A MOAMA man who blew three times the legal limit has been fined $1000 and will be off the road for 15 months.

A MOAMA man who blew three times the legal limit has been fined $1000 and will be off the road for 15 months.

Zachary Cockayne, 21, was convicted of drink driving after he was caught driving on September 9 after drinking at the pub after football.

The electrician appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead to guilty the single charge.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sally Mannell told the court Cockayne was observed by police at 1.35am on High St, Echuca.

‘‘He was intercepted by police and was asked to undergo a preliminary breath test,’’ she said.

‘‘The police officer formed the opinion that alcohol was present and asked the accused to attend the Echuca police station for an evidentiary breath test.

‘‘The result was a blood alcohol concentration of .151.

‘‘He told police he had consumed three pots and two cans of beer at the Border Inn after football.

‘‘When asked why he drove while under the influence of alcohol he said stupidity.’’

Cockayne told the court he was ‘‘extremely sorry’’ for his actions.

‘‘This will impact on my family and friends and my work,’’ he said.

‘‘I am grateful that I didn’t hurt anyone that night and understand now my mum and dad and those close to me will have to make sacrifices for me.

‘‘I am very remorseful for my actions.’’

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill accepted his remorse.

‘‘Based on your character references clearly your actions were out of character,’’ he said.

‘‘But there is always a price to pay for actions like this and yours is a substantial one in relation to your employment and your family.’’

Mr Cottrill cancelled Cockayne’s licence, disqualified him from driving for 15 months and fined him $1000.

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