Updated April 17, 2018 17:54:51
A man who allegedly drove drunk to a Sydney police station to report for bail conditions was "one of the most intoxicated people" police had ever seen, a court has heard.
Emmanuel Hatzistamatis did not appear in Sutherland Local Court today, instead a legal aid representative appeared on his behalf.
He did not apply for bail and will remain behind bars.
Police allege the 57-year-old was more than four times over the legal drinking limit when he drove his blue sedan to Kogarah Police Station yesterday to report as part of his bail conditions, on a previous drink-driving charge.
He parked the vehicle in a police-only car space and staggered into the station, after driving on a suspended licence, police allege.
Mr Hatzistamatis allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.226 and was charged with driving on a suspended licence and driving with a high-range PCA, second offence and breach of bail.
Police allege the accused breached his bail conditions on four occasions, and argued there was an unacceptable risk that he would fail to appear in court and a high likelihood that a custodial sentence would be imposed.
Mr Hatzistamatis had been on bail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to high-range drink driving offences earlier this year.
On February 24, witnesses saw him drinking in his vehicle before driving it onto a pedestrian strip and hitting a pole, the court heard.
His blood alcohol reading following that incident was allegedly 0.363.
In facts tendered to the court regarding that incident, police expressed concern that he was unable to control himself.
"Police formed the opinion that the accused was one of the most intoxicated people they had ever come across," police said.
"Police hold the strongest fears that the accused is unable to control his drinking and his driving."
Mr Hatzistamatis' driving record showed he had a long history of dangerous driving dating back to the early 1980s, the police facts said.
His first driving offense, for negligent driving and failing to stop, occurred less than two months after he graduated to an unrestricted license in 1981.
In 1989 he received his first high-range drink driving charge and was disqualified for five years.
Between 1994 and 2002, he was disqualified from driving four times.
In 2014, he was charged with high-range drink driving and disqualified for 12 months and also received a 12-month suspended sentence.
His licence was again suspended in 2018 when, as part of his bail conditions, he was ordered not to drink or get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The facts stated Mr Hatzistamatis suffered from depression, alcohol addiction, and lived in squalid conditions at his Rockdale residence.
His matters will return to court on April 23.
First posted April 17, 2018 13:31:14