Mortlake driver’s pub stop costs licence

A MORTLAKE driver who blew three times the legal limit after he stopped at the pub on his way to get dinner has lost his licence for 16 months.

Terrence James McLennan, 63, of Kerr Street, pleaded guilty to drink-driving in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week.

On September 9 this year at 8.50pm McLennan was driving a Holden sedan east on Kerr Street in Mortlake.

He was intercepted by Terang police and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of .164.

McLennan told police he’d had 10 pots of beer and when asked his reason for exceeding the prescribed blood-alcohol level said he thought he’d be OK.

McLennan, who represented himself at the hearing, had a previous drink-driving charge from 1976. He told the court he had suffered from a heart condition in recent years.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt told McLennan that by drinking so much his ability to drive and to make reasonable decisions had been affected.

He said when people got to that sort of level they make foolish decisions.

Thankfully, the worst that happened was McLennan appeared before the court, Mr Klestadt said.

McLennan was fined $1250 and had his licence disqualified for 16 months, effective from September 10.

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