A DRINK-driver who deliberately crashed and wrote off his $25,000 Mitsubishi ute after arguing with his girlfriend has been fined $1500 and lost his licence for 10 months.
Scott Allan Hall, 25, of Churchill Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drink driving, careless driving and failing to report an accident.
Police said that on December 23 Hall argued with his girlfriend about attending a party.
His girlfriend later got a message that Hall was under the influence of alcohol and he was driving his Mitsubishi Tritan.
At 1am a witness contacted police about erratic driving.
Hall crashed into a fence, police attended and he ran from the accident scene.
His ute was severely damaged.
Hall's girlfriend came and picked him up, he was taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital and a count back of a blood alcohol sample returned a reading of at least .10 at the time of the crash.
Defence counsel Alex McCulloch said Hall's relationship ended that night and he was deeply embarrassed by his conduct.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said it was very concerning behaviour and a high alcohol reading.
"You were very lucky to not be injured or to have injured an innocent member of the community," she told Hall.
"You reacted badly to a dispute with your partner and you need to be mindful about how you conduct yourself.”