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A man who was disqualified from driving until 2025 and was caught twice in four hours high-range drink driving near Casino on Sunday has been jailed for three years.

Just after midday, police were conducting speed enforcement patrols on the Bruxner Highway at Woodview, west of Casino, when they saw Percy Williams driving a white Holden Commodore.

As he travelled east along the highway police estimated Mr Williams was travelling at ‘no more than 130 km/h and no less than 120 km/h, in the clearly signposted 100 km/h speed zone.’

Mr Williams was approached by police and when he was unable to produce his licence, he was heard to say that he was ‘now f**ked.’

When asked if he had consumed any alcohol before driving, he replied ‘yes just lock me up.’

After a roadside breath test returned a positive reading, Mr Williams was arrested and taken to Casino police station, where checks by police revealed he was disqualified from driving until 20/02/2025.

At the police station, Mr Williams registered a high-range reading of .194 and he was issued a field court attendance notice and warned not to drive.

He allegedly told police he had someone coming to drive his aunts car home.

Police returned to Woodview about 3.50 pm and saw Mr Williams get out of a car after receiving a lift and begin driving the Holden Commodore east along the Bruxner Highway.

For the second time in four hours he was arrested and taken to Casino police station where he was searched and police found .5 grams of cannabis in his sock.

When Mr Williams was asked to undergo another breath test he became aggressive with police and after six attempts he eventually registered a high-range reading of .184.

Police also discovered Mr Williams had breached a section 12 suspended jail sentence by committing the offences.

On Monday at Lismore Local Court Mr Williams entered guilty pleas to all charges.

Magistrate David Heilpern sentenced him to 12 months jail for breaching the section 12 suspended sentence and two years jail on the charges of driving while disqualified and high range drink driving.

He was also disqualified from driving for a further 14 years.

As there is no non-parole period on his sentence, Mr Williams will be eligible for release on August 5, 2020.

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  1. Total disregard to community safety, really our system needs to toughen up in relation to traffic laws, we have a high serious injury and fatality rate on our roads as it is. We need to send a strong message to people like this that their behaviour is not acceptable. Currently you seriously injure or kill someone on the road the average is only 3.5 years goal, sadly most of these matters are totally avoidable but Magistrates seem to see it as acceptable, however, if the person committed premeditated murder they get life (10 years) driving a car where you have the ability to kill all your passengers and that of the car you hit, plus you have a license (knowledge it is wrong) if you are distracted using a mobile phone or even worse drink driving to me that is no different your actions where are deliberate – no different to a premeditated murder! Come on start protecting the good people that do the right thing on the roads from these dangerous drivers. This guy showing total contempt should have got at least 10 years minimum.


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