Driver caught over the limit and with drugs in system

Nathan Peter Watts, 23, of Cootamundra has been disqualified from driving for getting behind the wheel with alcohol and an illicit drug in his system.

Watts was convicted at Young Local Court on two charges relating to separate incidents during October 2018.

He was caught driving with cannabis in his system when police stopped him for a breath and drug test on Parker Street, Cootamundra about 6.05pm on Sunday, October 18.

The drug test returned positive to cannabis so he was arrested. The secondary test also returned positive. The presence of cannabis was confirmed through forensic testing.

He was convicted of this charged, disqualified from driving for six months and fined $200.

He was charged for low-range drink driving when police stopped him on the Olympic Highway at Bethungra about 7.30am on October 27.

He returned a positive reading to alcohol and was taken to Cootamundra Police Station where he registered .075.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien disqualified him for one month, and order that he enter a 12 month interlock program.

  • Common assault

A Cootamundra man has been released from prison on parole after being sentenced at Young Local Court on Tuesday, September 3.

Michael Lee Slavin, 39, received a 12 month prison sentence with a non-parole period of one month and 25 days allowing him to serve the remainder of the sentence in the community.

He was convicted on a charge of common assault and enter inclosed land.

Police were contacted after Slavin was involved in an argument with the victim about 9.30pm on November 11 last year.

Facts tendered at court say Slavin's spit landed on the victim's clothing during the argument.

Police sighted Slavin at Jubilee Park on December 18 however he ran from police.

On December 19 he was arrested despite running from police and attempting to hide under a caravan after jumping the rear fence of a yard.