A P-PLATER who doesn’t remember driving back to a Princetown party after swilling down half a bottle of vodka has lost his licence for 17 months.
Jack Daniel Delaney, 19, of Curdievale-Port Campbell Road, Timboon, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to drink-driving with a reading of .17.
He was convicted, fined $650 with $110.40 costs and his driver’s licence cancelled for 17 months.
Police alleged that at 1.25am on September 2 officers intercepted Delaney in Port Campbell driving a Holden panel van.
He told police he had consumed half a bottle of vodka at a party and was going back to the party when he was pulled over.
Delaney, who represented himself in court, said he had been too drunk to know why he had been driving.
He said he had got a ride home before getting into his car and attempting to go back to the party.
The defendant said he no longer drank as much alcohol and the loss of licence had a major impact on his life.
Delaney said his mother had to get up at 4am each morning to drive him to his job milking cows, which she was not impressed about.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt questioned why Delaney didn’t get a bike to ride to work, to which Delaney replied that the route to his employment was hilly.
Mr Klestadt said it appeared that Delaney had consumed that much alcohol before being intercepted by police that he was incapable of making a proper decision about driving.
“This should be a clear warning to you that if you use alcohol to excess you make bad decisions,” he said.
“Young people are entitled to experiment with alcohol but need to do so in a safe environment.”