Magistrate issues a warrant for Haydn Blennerhassett

A DRINK driver caught at .316 who failed to appear in court last week due to a panic attack has now had a warrant issued for his arrest.

Haydn James Blennerhassett, 47, of Wall Street, Camperdown, again failed to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday for a plea hearing on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drink driving.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose issued a warrant for Mr Blennerhassett's arrest.

Last week solicitor Adam Bellman said his client had suffered a panic attack and was on his way to hospital and he handed up a psychologist's report on Mr Blennerhassett which outlined ongoing issues.

Ms Toose said at the time the drink-driving charges would not go away.

Police allege that on the afternoon of November 16 last year Blennerhassett was driving a silver Camry along the Daylesford-Trentham Road towards Trentham, north-east of Ballarat.

He was extremely erratic, crossed double white lines into oncoming traffic and missed collisions with about 10 cars only because other drivers took evasive action.

He finished up stopping in the middle of a T-intersection.

His preliminary breath test reading said: "out of range",  his first evidentiary reading said: "blowing not allowed".

A second reading was .316.

He has two prior drink driving offences.