A drink-driver who was seen swerving side-to-side on the Hume Highway north of Albury has been jailed.

Magistrate Tony Murray said he had no choice but to sentence Cameron Naylor to seven months behind bars.

But he gave Naylor, 56, one more chance by suspending the term for seven months, ordering that enter a good behaviour bond.

Naylor, from the Geelong suburb of Newtown, had pleaded guilty to charges of drive with a high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol and drive while licence suspended.

The second charge related to the former New Zealander’s Victorian licence.

Albury Local Court was told this week how Naylor, an ex-veterinarian, was now trying to set-up a blue whale watching business back across the Tasman.

He had got a backpacker to drive him on December 11 last year from Falls Creek to Sydney.

But they only got as far as Albury, where the driver got a message that meant he had to pull out of the deal.

Naylor went to a Dean Street pub with some others, had a few drinks then made the decision to drive to Table Top as he knew someone there who could possible take over the driving.