No show costs a crash driver $1000

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

A MAN who drank three beers after crash­ing his car has been fined $1000.

The case of Stan­hope’s Robert Em­mett, 31, was heard in an ex parte hear­ing in the Echuca Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day where he was charged with drink driv­ing and driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice in­for­mant Sergeant Noel Glee­son told the court Em­mett had crashed his car on Mill Rd, Stan­hope on De­cem­ber 2.

‘‘I was do­ing mo­bile pa­trols in Stan­hope when I came across the ac­cused at 8.50pm,’’ he said.

‘‘On rea­son­able grounds I came to be­lieve he was the driver of the ve­hi­cle as he was stand­ing be­side the car.

‘‘He told me he had swerved to miss a cow be­fore com­ing to a stop in the drain. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at ap­prox­i­mately 8pm.

‘‘When asked if he had had any al­co­hol he said he had three cans of beer after the ac­ci­dent.’’

Sergeant Glee­son said the pre­lim­i­nary breath test showed pres­ence of al­co­hol.

‘‘He ac­com­pa­nied me back to the Kyabram po­lice sta­tion where at 10.21pm he recorded a read­ing of .106,’’ he said.

‘‘I in­ter­viewed him after the breath anal­y­sis where he said he had only had the three beers.

‘‘It is a very high read­ing for two and a half hours after three drinks.’’

Mag­is­trate Patrick Southey said that be­cause the ac­cused was not in at­ten­dance to ar­gue his case the re­sult of the find­ings prove he was driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

‘‘It is a bit hard to sat­isfy the court that you weren’t drink­ing be­fore hand with a read­ing like that and when you don’t bother com­ing to court,’’ he said.

‘‘It is proven be­yond rea­son­able doubt.’’

Em­mett did not ap­pear in court.

He was con­victed, fined and had his li­cence can­celled and dis­qual­i­fied for 10 months.

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