An Albany man who tried to quench his thirst by drinking wine after walking 10km was caught out in a random breath test. Ryan Matthew Miller pleaded guilty to excess 0.08 in Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday. Police prosecutor Sgt Peter Yuswak told the court that Miller was breath-tested on York Street about 1.35am on September 27. “The accused was driving a BMW on York Street where he was stopped for a random breath test and was ascertained he had consumed alcohol,” Sgt Yuswak said. Miller returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.082. The court was told it was the third time Miller had been charged with drink-driving. Defence lawyer Sonia Anderson told the court the breath-test came after a very active day for Miller on which he had walked 10km. “He was very thirsty driving back to his accommodation ... the only substance he had in his car was wine,” she said. Ms Anderson said it was “a mouthful of alcohol” and Miller regretted his actions. Interrupting the lawyer’s submissions, Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said Miller’s decision to drink wine would “hardly work as a thirst quencher”. WA’s drink-driving penalties increased from July 1, Ms Scaddan said. “However, this didn’t seem to deter you in your case,” she said. Miller was fined $1600 and disqualified from driving for 10 months.