A man who admitted to drink-driving has lost his licence for more than two years and must pay a $1200 fine.
Ion Moosman was convicted in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol.
The court heard Moosman was picked up by police in the early hours of October 12 last year, after officers observed him make a wide swing and run up a median barrier on the road while turning out of a petrol station.
After a preliminary breath test, a second breath test recorded his blood alcohol level at 0.137.
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He told police he had had about 600 millilitres of Scotch that evening and went to the petrol station to buy cigarettes.
In court, Moosman expressed his remorse over his actions.
“Completely foolish decision made on my behalf, and I’m very apologetic,” he said.
He told the court he had received distressing news that day, which led to his drinking.
He had fallen asleep, he said, and when he woke up, he did not believe he was over the limit.
Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said it was common for people to misjudge their intoxication after sleeping, having limited understanding of how long it took the body to expel alcohol.
Mr Cottrill said Moosman’s plea of guilty showed he was sorry, but noted he had two prior relevant offences.
In addition to the fine, Moosman’s licence was cancelled and disqualified for 26 months from last October.
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