AN unlicensed Warrnambool man taking his girlfriend to hospital for treatment has been fined $700 after being caught drink driving.
Ronald Hawkes, 53, of Queens Road, pleaded guulty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to drink driving and unlicensed driving.
He was convicted and fined $700 and banned from driving for 12 months, even though he doesn't hold a licence.
Police said that on October 16 officers pulled over a car without number plates in Warrnambool's Fairy Street at 1.15pm.
The car had an unregistered vehicle permit, but Hawkes was unlicensed and tested positive to alcohol in a preliminary breath test.
Half-an-hour later he recorded a n evidentiary test of .063 and said he had two glasses of wine but was an alcoholic and just topping up from the night before.
Hawkes said he was taking his girlfriend to hospital for treatment, couldn't get her to hospital any other way and decided to drive.
Hawkes failed to appear in court on October 30 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He handed himself in to police and appear in court in custody.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said Hawkes had been candid and forthright.
She warned him not to drive and Hawkes said he had disposed of the car he had planned to fix up.