Drink driver told to tell story

A MAN who crashed his car while drunk, ending up in an embankment, has been told to share his story with his mates to stop them getting behind the wheel while drunk. 

Kaine Bassi-Antsey, 24, pleaded guilty to drink driving when he faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Police prosecutor Al Heintze told the court that on February 21 last year at about 4.50am Bassi-Antsey was driving on Seventeenth Street when he lost control of his car.

He careered off the road into a fence before travelling about 70 metres down an embankment.

Police attended the scene just before 5am, after receiving a call from neighbours who heard the crash, to find Bassi-Antsey in the driver’s seat.

He was breath tested, producing a reading of 0.169, more than three times the legal limit.

Defence barrister Warwick Walsh-Buckley said Bassi-Antsey was devastated at the time of the crash having found out his brother was facing serious drug trafficking charges.

He said he went to a mate’s place “for some solace” and drank too much.

The court heard Bassi-Antsey was moving to Melbourne soon for university and was well regarded by family and friends.

Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said there had to be an element of general deterrence in his sentence.

He said he hoped Bassi-Anstey could talk about his experience with his group of friends, to get the message across that getting wasted and driving was never a good idea.

“So their parents don’t stand over their coffin at the morgue,” Mr La Rosa said.

He disqualified his licence for 17 months and fined him $800.

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