A Riverina man has escaped time behind bars after drink-driving in Tolland.
Mitchel Ray Makeham represented himself at Wagga Local Court on Tuesday morning, pleading guilty to three charges, including a mid-range drink-driving offence and driving while suspended.
Court documents show that on August 18, the 33-year-old approached an intersection of Bourke Street, Tolland and when turning left lost control of the car and smashed into a tree.
Police received multiple calls about the crash and arrived a short time later, where Makeham said "I was the driver" and "I might blow over".
A blood alcohol test returned a reading of Reading was 0.119.
Magistrate Christopher Halburd said The Rock resident did not have "the world's worst record", but it was not the best either.
When asked why he chose to get behind the wheel, Makeham said he made a "silly mistake".
"I don't usually drink," he said. "I just made a mistake and got behind the wheel and didn't take in the consequences and safety of other people."
Mr Halburd questioned why he was driving without a licence and Makeham said he didn't know it had been suspended.
"Why did you say to the police 'I was wondering how long I could get away with this for'," Mr Halburd questioned.
"I don't recall saying that, I am not sure, maybe I was intoxicated at the time," Makeham responded.
In sentencing, Mr Halburd said it would be inappropriate not to record a conviction.
Still, he acknowledged that the defendant's submission that he did not usually drink was supported by his mother.
"When you drive with a mid-range PCA you put everyone else who happens to be on the road at risk," Mr Halburd said.
"Imagine if you collided with a person rather than a tree."
Makeham was fined $600, subjected to a mandatory interlock for 12 months after three months disqualification and placed on a community corrections order for 12 months.
In addition, he is required to perform 100 hours of community service.