A young apprentice plumber has been advised to return to family support in Albury after being convicted of driving and drug offences in Armidale Local Court.
Connor Eyers, 24, was convicted of low range drink driving and two offences relating to use of the drug ice.
Eyers appeared in court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to all offences.
The court heard he had worked as an apprentice plumber in Armidale before becoming unemployed.
Magistrate Michael Holmes asked Eyers' defence solicitor what his employment prospects were.
The court was told Eyers had managed to complete his roofing trade, although had not been able to find work recently owing to mental health issues.
The magistrate suggested the man return to his hometown of Albury.
"It is clear that you need to return to your hometown and family," Mr Holmes said.
"One word for ice, is crazy, it is dreadful stuff. Don't impede your progress."
Eyers was fined $2000 and disqualified from driving for six months.