A Dalefield man charged with drink-driving almost a year ago was fined $550 and disqualified from driving for four months when he appeared in Queenstown District Court this week.
Gary Stephen Ronald, 46, mechanic, of Speargrass Flat, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips for a defended hearing charged with driving with a breath alcohol level of 830mcg on September 29.
Ronald's lawyer submitted that the police timing record of an evidential breath test was an impossibility but Judge Phillips said there was no discrepancy.
Ronald was drinking in Queenstown with a woman from the United Kingdom who had some difficulties with alcohol and drugs, the court was told.
He left to go to the toilet and when he returned the woman and his cellphone were gone.
After a two-hour search on foot, he got into a car and drove into Queenstown, where he was stopped by Sergeant Blair Duffy.
Judge Phillips said he was satisfied that the evidence established Ronald was driving through the resort and that he was required to undergo an evidential breath test at 1.45am.
An evidential machine needed a short time for calibration before being used, he said.
The defence argued there was conflict between the sergeant's evidence and factual evidence but the judge, who acknowledged there was an ability for a defendant to raise compliance issues with timing, said there was no such conflict.
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