No test means no licence

June 14, 2018

AN ECHUCA man who refused a breath test after crashing his car in Cobram will be off the road for two years.

Christopher Meehan, 37, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday to plead guilty to careless driving and refusing a breath test.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Snell told the court Meehan was driving on the Murray Valley Highway on September 9, 2017.

‘‘At around 2am a witness saw headlights coming towards her near the intersection of Punt Rd,’’ he said.

‘‘The accused crashed through the road signs and into the embankment.

‘‘He was the sole occupant of the car and the witness said she could smell alcohol on his breath.’’

Police attended the scene shortly after and Meehan ‘‘staggered out and nearly fell over’’.

A breath test showed a positive reading for alcohol.

‘‘But the accused refused to come back to the police station for an evidentiary breath test,’’ Sgt Snell said.

Defence lawyer Kate Freshwater said her client had been at a golf fundraiser before he drove.

‘‘And consumed a large amount of alcohol,’’ she said.

‘‘No one is more disappointed than him.’’

Magistrate John Bentley said it was lucky no one was hurt.

‘‘He quite clearly could have killed someone,’’ he said.

He then fined him $600 without conviction and took his licence for two years.

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