Good behaviour bond for hard-working volunteer

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

A Wagga man who devotes his time to giving back has faced Wagga Local Court after he was busted drink driving on his way to complete volunteer work for a local charity event. 

Jonathan James Punch, 32, was placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to driving with a mid-range blood-alcohol reading of .092. 

His solicitor, David Barron, told the court Punch was at the lower end of the offence and needed his licence for his volunteer work with the fire brigade, averaging two call-outs per night. 

According to police facts, Punch had consumed an unknown number of cans of beer and pre-mixed rum and Cola the night prior. 

Police prosecutor Priscilla Jones said she was concerned it was still a high reading, despite it being a morning after offence. 

Ms Jones said according to Roads and Maritime Services, the reading meant Punch was seven times more likely to have an accident. 

Punch was also ordered to pay a $400 fine for driving with an expired license.