Drunk gets put off the road for two years for .213 BAC

September 13, 2017

AN ECHUCA drunk driver swerving all over the road while more than four times the limit has been put off the road for almost two years.

Joshua Robert Walter, 30, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court to drunk driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said police saw Walter swerving from side to side along Ogilvie Ave before turning onto the Northern Hwy just before midnight on July 27.

‘‘He veered left and right ... almost going into the gravel shoulder,’’ she said. When stopped, Walter told police ‘‘I was trying to dodge potholes’’ despite there being no potholes on the road.

‘‘He said he’d had a few ... he was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his words,’’ she said.

She said when taken to Echuca police station, Walter was argumentative, saying ‘‘police should be out catching real criminals, not innocent people like me’’.

He then recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.213.

‘‘When interviewed, he said he had consumed six schooners of full-strength beer and had started drinking at 9pm,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.

The self-employed plumber, who represented himself, told the court he had broken up with his partner just before the incident.

‘‘It just affected me a bit. I wasn’t thinking clearly,’’ he said.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said it was not an excuse.

‘‘This was an extremely high reading, so high you could well have killed yourself or an innocent person,’’ he said. He convicted and fined Walter $1200 and disqualified him for 21 months.

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