A WARRNAMBOOL man who kicked a parked car and ripped a metal grill off a business while drunk has been fined $1000 and banned from going to nightclubs for six months.
Luke Darcy Hadden, 19, of Ocean Grove, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to causing criminal damage, being drunk and disorderly, being a learner driver with no experienced driver, failing to display L-plates, failing to exchange name and address after an accident and careless driving.
He was convicted, fined $1000 with $110.70 costs, ordered to pay $230 restitution, banned from central Warrnambool between 10pm and 5am for six months and his driver’s licence was suspended for three months.
Police alleged that on December 8 last year Hadden went to the Your Break pool hall and the Gallery nightclub, where he had eight cans of bourbon and eight pots of beer.
After leaving the nightclub he kicked a parked car. The bumper bar fell off and other damage was caused to the vehicle.
Hadden then ripped a metal grill off a business in Timor Street and he punched a small glass window, causing $230 damage.
He walked east down Timor Street watched by two security guards until police arrived and he was arrested.
On May 4 this year Hadden was drinking at a friend’s place. At 10am the next day he drove his mother’s vehicle to the supermarket by himself, despite being a learner driver. He also failed to display L-plates.
Hadden collided with a parked car, gave a false telephone number and failed to exchange his name and address after the accident.
Solicitor Jonathan Makary said his client had made some major changes to his life since the offending and no longer drank alcohol after taking up martial arts.
Magistrate Ian von Einem said he constantly had to deal with young people who got into trouble after attending nightclubs.
He said Hadden was not a lost cause and he could do well in life if he continued his sporting pursuits.