Drunk man says he left car to go vomit

A DRUNK man pulled over by police left his car and passed out in bushes before they could impound his car, a court has heard.

Tony Collihole, of Yelta, pleaded guilty to charges, including drink driving, when he faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court this week. 

Senior Constable Al Heintze told the court on January 13, Collihole reversed out from the Merbein Hotel and drove into a lane-way on to a vacant block.

Police breath-tested him, producing a reading of 0.154, more than three times the legal limit.

Collihole told police he had been asleep in the car for about an hour earlier in the night, before being pulled over.

A short time later police approached his car and realised he had left.

Collihole’s car was impounded. 

The next day he went to the police station to say he had left to vomit and fell asleep in bushes.

Defence counsel Gavan Tellefson said Collihole had driven literally millions of kilometres as a truck driver but had minimal previous traffic offences.

Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa disqualified Collihole for the minimum 15 months, placed him on a bond and fined him $500.

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