A DRIVER who partly demolished a concrete fence while driving after going to a buck’s party has been fined $1000 and been banned from driving.
Ashley Wilkinson, 27, of Koroit Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty to drink driving and associated charges.
Police said that at 2.16am on October 1, 2016, Wilkinson was driving in Warrnambool’s Latrobe Street in a white Mazda sedan when he collided with a concrete fence.
Wilkinson fled the scene without exchanging details with the property owner.
Police went to his home and found Wilkinson who appeared in pain but said he knew nothing about the accident.
An ambulance was called and Wilkinson was taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital where a blood sample was taken.
Analysis of that sample returned a blood alcohol reading of .151.
When interviewed by police Wilkinson said he didn’t remember anything until he woke up in hospital after being at his cousin’s buck’s party.
Defence counsel Jessica Tinetti said her client suffered autism and anxiety, his memory was hazy at the best of time and a lot worse after he had been drinking.
She said the damage to the fence had been estimated at $6000 and Wilkinson was in the process of organising payment.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said Wilkinson simply should not have got in his car and he had a previous serious driving offence.
Wilkinson’s licence was cancelled for 15 months, he was convicted and fined $1000 and he is expected to lose his job because he lost his driver’s licence.