Mortlake drunk driver crashes, flees scene 

A MORTLAKE man who  ran from the scene of a drunken crash has been disqualified from driving for 15 months.

Trent Anderson, now 27, yesterday pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drink-driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The court heard Anderson, who grew up in Framlingham and returned to Port Fairy in 2011, was a talented footballer and worked hard within the community.

Police prosecutor, Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins, said that on April 8, 2010 Anderson, then living at South Morang, had been drinking at a bar in South Yarra when he left to drive to an address in Canterbury.

He said Anderson lost control on Burke Road and hit a concrete tram barrier before leaving the scene.

His defence counsel said that Anderson’s behaviour on the night had been very uncharacteristic. 

He was remorseful and upset and was a young man who worked hard in the community, he said.

The court heard Anderson worked in Port Fairy and had been approached by Deakin University football club to play and coach next year. 

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said he was prepared to accept the offending was out of character, but it was a clear example of how people who consumed too much alcohol made bad decisions.

“Fortunately you nor anyone else was injured because of your stupidity,” he said.

Anderson was convicted and fined $750, had his licence cancelled and disqualified for 15 months. He was fined $500 for leaving the scene of an accident.

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