Serial drink-driving offender warned

A 51-year-old man in court for his seventh drink-driving charge has been told to grow up or go to jail.

Adam Kerr faced the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday pleading guilty to charges of drink-driving, unlicensed driving and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Prosecuting, Senior Sergeant Brett Sheppard said police saw Kerr driving his ute erratically in Bendigo about 5.30pm on July 7.

“He drove wholly onto the painted mean strip then back into the lane,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Sheppard said police intercepted Kerr and a subsequent breath test showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.066 per cent. He said Kerr was unlicensed and admitted to drinking five cans before driving.

The court heard Kerr had borrowed his friend’s car to pick up an old motorbike he had bought at a garage sale.

Magistrate Jennifer Tregent said it was Kerr’s seventh time before the court for drink-driving, including prior readings of 0.12 and 0.213 per cent.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful,” she said.

“The only thing keeping him out of jail is he wasn’t too far over 0.05.

“There’s nothing wrong with having a drink, there’s something wrong with then getting in the car.”

Mr Tregent gave Kerr a two-month jail term wholly suspended for 12 months. She also imposed a $700 fine and disqualified Kerr’s licence for 18 months.