Drunk driver disqualified

A MOTORIST who crashed into grapevines at Red Cliffs while drunk has been told the consequences could have been “catastrophic”.

Trent Thomas Simpson, 25, pleaded guilty to careless driving and driving under the influence in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard Simpson was heading round a bend on Sunnycliffs Crescent on May 4, when he lost control, driving over a water drain and into some grapevines.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kristen Simm said a witness called police, who arrived to find Simpson’s breath smelling of alcohol.

He took a breath test and recorded a breath alcohol concentration of 0.153.

Sen Constable Simm said the crash caused extensive damage to the water drain and fencing.

Ms Hennessy said Simpson had since sought counselling for his alcohol use, having noticed his drinking had increased over the years since he began working as a concreter at 18.

“It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think what would’ve been if there was another car coming around that bend,” Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said.

Mr Lethbridge said the consequences could’ve been “catastrophic” if another car had been involved and that Simpson had risked facing “the equivalent of a manslaughter charge”.

Simpson was convicted, fined $950, placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond and disqualified from driving for two years.

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