A LEARNER driver celebrated the purchase of a new car by drink-driving in the unregistered vehicle without a supervisor, according to police.
Police were called to a car driving erratically in Butler Street, California Gully, about 4.30pm on Saturday.
Sergeant Geoff Annand said police found the vehicle unattended and soon located the driver.
“We found the vehicle stationary in the street,” he said.
“Inquiries led us to an address in Batten Street where we identified the driver, a 21-year-old from California Gully.
“He’d been drinking and he returned to the police station for a breath test where he blew 0.085.
“It turned out he was a learner driver who didn’t have an experienced driver with him at the time.”
Sergeant Geoff Annand said the man’s learner permit was immediately suspended.
“The vehicle was also unregistered,” he said.
“He’d just bought the car, a white Rodeo ute, and he wanted to test it.
“He will be charged on summons to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court at a later date.”
Sergeant Annand said the weekend had otherwise been quiet despite grand final celebrations.
“There were no more calls than any other weekend,” he said.
“So general behaviour was pretty good.”
Police from the state highway patrol also conducted alcohol and drug driving tests in the city.