'Astronomically high' alcohol level

CRAIG Graham Lewin had such an “astronomically high” blood alcohol reading, magistrate Robyn Denes was surprised he could get the keys into his car's ignition, let alone drive it, the Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday.

“I am surprised he could get the keys in the car,” Ms Denes said. “If you drive at .22 ... it is a recipe for disaster.” Ms Denes fined the 38-year-old $1073 and disqualified his licence for two years after he pleaded guilty to high-range drink-driving.

According to police facts tendered to the court, police seached Tweed Valley Way for a Nissan Patrol after a member of public complained about its manner of driving. They caught up to the vehicle about 600m south of Stotts Island, activated warning lights and turned around to follow.

“I have come to see Slim,” he told police. A male person said there was no “Slim” at the address, but he was Lewin's brother.

Lewin failed a breath test and was taken to Murwillumbah Police Station where he blew .215 per cent blood alcohol concentration.

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