Quest for booze ends in dis­as­ter

Drink driver hits two cars at bot­tle shop

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THINGS went from bad to worse when a mo­torist drove the wrong way into a drive-through bot­tle shop while four times the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

The court heard that the man­ager of Cel­lar­bra­tions bot­tle shop on McDowall St called Roma po­lice at 7pm on April 13 to alert them about a 52-year-old driver who had driven into the exit of the drive-through.

Po­lice ar­rived on scene where CCTV video footage showed the man’s car had col­lided with a car that was at­tempt­ing to leave the drive-through and then hit a parked car after fran­ti­cally re­vers­ing.

THINGS went from bad to worse when a mo­torist drove the wrong way into a drive-through bot­tle shop while four times the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

Keith Wight­man ap­peared in Roma Mag­is­trates Court last Wed­nes­day and pleaded guilty to three charges in­clud­ing driv­ing with­out a li­cence, driv­ing un­der the influence and driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion.

The court heard, the man­ager of Cel­lar­bra­tions bot­tle shop on McDowall St called Roma po­lice at 7pm on April 13 to alert them about the 52-year-old driver who had driven into the exit of the drive-through.

CCTV video footage showed the man’s car had col­lided with an­other car that was at­tempt­ing to leave the drive-through.

After yells and protests from other bot­tle shop cus­tomers, Wight­man fran­ti­cally re­versed, hit­ting a parked car in the process.

Po­lice ar­rived on the scene and breathal­ysed the Wight­man who re­turned a read­ing of 0.216, more than four times the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

Wight­man’s lawyer told the court his client had been to the funeral of his aunt and un­cle ear­lier that day and con­sumed a sig­nif­i­cant amount of fruity lexia wine with fam­ily and friends be­fore heading to the bot­tle shop to pick up more al­co­hol.

The court heard Wight­man was re­morse­ful for his ac­tions and un­der­stood that while cel­e­brat­ing the lives of loved ones with al­co­hol was jus­ti­fied, drink driv­ing was not.

“What do I do with you?” Mag­is­trates James Blanch said, shak­ing his head.

Mag­is­trate Blanch con­victed Wight­man, fined him $1500 and dis­qual­i­fied his li­cence for 18 months.

A con­vic­tion was recorded.

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