A COBDEN man self-medicating with alcohol who crashed while driving at 81km/h in a 50km/h zone has lost his licence for six months.
Daniel Glover, 30, of Parrott Street, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving in a dangerous manner and drink driving.
He was not convicted, fined $1500 and banned from driving for six months.
Police said that at 6.30pm on March 22 Glover was driving in Cobden's Parrott Street with his younger brother in his car.
A witness said she heard the car approaching before it skidded and soon after there was a loud bang.
Skid marks measured 37 metres before the car crashed into a bed and breakfast accommodation property.
The vehicle was extensively damaged and not covered by insurance.
Both Glover and his brother were taken to Camperdown hospital for treatment with Glover suffering a fractured sternum.
A crash investigator said Glover was travelling at 81 km/h before the collision.
Glover was a P-plater and his blood returned an alcohol reading of .09.
Defence counsel Belinda Northey said her client had been the victim of significant domestic violence and he was assaulted by his partner who left him in Daylesford without a mobile phone or his wallet.
She said that since then he had self-medicated with alcohol until the crash but was now getting expert assistance.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said depression and anxiety were terrible conditions and self-medicating with alcohol was not the appropriate way to deal with such issues.
She said she was pleased Glover was now receiving qualified and professional assistance.