A 37-year-old man said he "doesn't want to make excuses" after he pleaded guilty to drink driving and crashing into another vehicle during a dust storm.
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Brenden Kitzel-Mann of Cobar Street, Nyngan had just come off night shift and was drinking at the Hermidale Hotel for a friend's going-away party before the incident occurred on January 23, the court heard.
According to Mr Kitzel-Mann's defence he had a disagreement with his ex-partner before he made the "foolish decision" to drive.
Police facts state at the time of the incident a large dust storm was affecting the area, and in some areas along the Barrier Highway visibility was down to five to 10 metres.
According to the facts Mr Kitzel-Mann was driving at 90 kilometres per hour along the Barrier Highway when he collided with Volkswagon Crafter, being driven by a man with his six-year-old daughter as a passenger.
The second car was travelling between 50 and 60 km/h due to poor visibility in the dust storm.
Both drivers pulled over to the road's edge and contacted police.
Police conducted a roadside breath test on both drivers and Mr Kitzel-Mann returned a positive reading.
He was arrested and taken to the Nyngan Police Station where further breath analysis tests revealed a reading of 0.164.
It's fortunate that nothing more happened.- Magistrate Gary Wilson
Mr Kitzel-Mann told police he had consumed six schooners of light beer at the pub, but refused to answer any further questions, according to the facts.
At Nyngan Local Court on February 24, Mr Kitzel-Mann pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving.
"Mr Kitzel-Mann has said on a number of occasions he accepts it's a very serious incident that's occurred," the defence told the court.
"He doesn't wish to make excuses for what's happened, he understands how serious it was."
Magistrate Gary Wilson told Mr Kitzel-Mann he was "lucky" no serious injury or harm was done as a result of this incident.
"It's fortunate that nothing more happened," he told the court
"You obviously didn't slow down and kept going at an unsafe speed, with no to very little visibility resulting in you colliding with the car in front of you."
Mr Kitzel-Mann was given a $1000 fine and had his licence disqualified for 12 months.
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