A PROBATIONARY driver admitted to his own stupidity after crashing his car into two street signs while drunk.
Jye Matthew Sandiford, 22, lost control of his vehicle on Strickland Road in wet conditions on August 4 after leaving a 21st birthday party.
The Bendigo Magistrates Court heard the incident occurred around 2am and Mr Sandiford returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.151 about an hour later.
Prosecutor Tony Graham told the court Mr Sandiford admitted to the incident.
“The reason given was ‘no idea’ ... absolute stupidity,” Senior Constable Graham said.
Defence lawyer Russell Kelly said his client had been apologetic.
“He said ‘I’m sorry’ to the first five questions,” he said.
“He had no idea why he was driving.
“(His) decision making was very poor.”
Mr Sandiford’s $14,000 car was written off in the incident.
Mr Kelly said his client had intended to take a bus home from the party but had missed it.
“What’s happened since your honour is a rather impressive,” he said.
“This has been a real warning sign about his drinking and his behaviour when affected by alcohol.”
The court head Mr Sandiford, who is a student, had sought counselling two days after the event.
Magistrate Jennifer Tregent said he had been lucky not to kill himself in the crash.
“You haven’t been before court before,” she said.
“Hopefully this is the only time.
“You could have killed yourself.
“This has hopefully been a wake-up call.”
Ms Tregent cancelled Mr Sandiford's licence for 15 months, backdated to August 4, and fined him $1,000 without conviction.