http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22937354-661,00.html Peter Meakin losees dangerous driving appeal December 17, 2007 05:45pm SEVEN network news director Peter Meakin has lost his appeal against a dangerous driving conviction. He has, however, had a jail term for driving offences overturned. In Sydney's Downing Centre District Court today, Judge Helen Morgan dismissed Meakin's appeal against his conviction for dangerous driving related to the October 4, 2006 offence. He has however, had his prison sentence for his third drink-driving offence overturned on appeal. In May, Meakin was sentenced to a total of 14 months of weekend detention after pleading guilty to drink driving, and being convicted of dangerous driving. The charges arose after he accelerated past a police random breath-testing post on Sydney's northern beaches in October last year. Meakin launched an appeal against the sentences as well as the dangerous driving conviction. In the Downing Centre District Court today, Judge Helen Morgan dismissed the appeal against the conviction, but upheld the appeal against the sentences. Instead of jail time, she ordered the 64-year-old to instead undertake 250 hours of community service. Judge Morgan said Meakin did not intend to deliberately drive at the police officers, forcing them to jump out of the way. She instead considered the events of October 4, 2006, to be more a case of Meakin's "failure to keep a proper lookout". "I do not consider it is appropriate to look at serving a term of imprisonment for either of these sentences," the judge said. "But I do feel it is appropriate to impose a term of community service." Meakin's eight-year disqualification from driving was unchanged. Meakin, who had challenged both his dangerous driving conviction and his sentences for that offence and for drink driving, told the court he had now sold his car. He also said he had stopped drinking alcohol "because I could see that it was not doing me any good, it was endangering my health and my freedom". Regarding the night of the offence, Mr Meakin said: "I didn't consider myself intoxicated but I did have some drinks. "I've admitted that I thought I was marginal and it was a stupid decision ... I accept I failed a breath test." Judge Morgan earlier told the court Meakin accelerated his green BMW X5 four wheel drive to 60 or 70km/h and made no attempt to slow down after driving past a random breath testing station on the Wakehurst Parkway, at north Narrabeen, on Sydney's northern beaches. "I find the appellant drove in a manner dangerous and police officers were forced to take evasive action," she said. "In his own words he did not want to be caught drink driving." However, Judge Morgan did not find it was a deliberate action and said he did not drive directly at police.