MALACHI Corcoran of Waterview Heights narrowly escaped prison over high range drink driving charges in Grafton local court today.
Corcoran who is 25 years-old pleaded guilty to high range drink driving, negligent driving and possessing a prohibited drug and will have to take part in a program under which he will not be able to consume alcohol or face a term of imprisonment.
The offences happened on July 7 when Corcoran drove along the Pacific Highway while intoxicated.
Judge David Heilpern noted that Corcoran had been convicted of drink driving on a previous occasion and said this offence was particularly serious because it involved such a busy road.
"Somehow or other the message needs to through to the community that this is a road where people travel with their families," he said.
"Drink driving is an offence of selfishness it is you saying to the community I don't give a toss about your safety."