Drunk driver had 15 beers before crash

A Wendouree man who drank 15 pots of beer before getting behind the wheel and driving500 metres before crashing his car, has been taken off the road.
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Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heardMarc JamesSwanson thought he was right to drive, despite drinking 15 pots of heavy beer at a local sporting event on September 28.

Swanson then took the intersection of Grandview Grove and Norman Street too fast beforeskidding his car into a power pole.

When police arrived Swanson’s breath was tested, which revealed his blood alcohol level was 0.150.

Asked by magistrate Gregory Robinson if he really thought he was below the limit when he got behind the wheel, he replied “no”.

“I just got in the car, I wasn’t really thinking,” he told the court on Monday.

“It was a stupid decision.”

Swanson was convicted and fined $750.

He also lost his licence for 15 months.

Truck driver driving on iceA BALLARAT truck driver has also been taken off the road after he was caught driving with ice in his system.

The Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heard David Brewer was driving a prime mover on Dana Street on March 17 when he was intercepted by police.

Police checked his driver log book at the time which had no record of his driving that day.

Further checks also revealed he had worked over the 12-hour maximum driving limit on two occasions.

Brewer was then asked to undergo testing for drugs, which showed he had ice in his system.

Representing himself, Brewer pleaded guilty to the offences and said he simply made a mistake with his log book.

“I’m only a truck driver, I’m not real smart,” Brewer told the court.

“It (legislation) get’s real complicated.”

As for the drugs, he said he had taken it three days before and thought it would be out of his system.

For the log book breaches he was fined $1500. He was also fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months over the drug driving charge.

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