A DRIVER crashed his car in Kangaroo Flat after drinking 15 cans of beer and a bottle of bourbon, a court has been told.
Leslie Richard Doidge, 53, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to charges including drink driving.
The court heard about 6.45pm on April 15 last year, Doidge was driving down Thomas Street in Kangaroo Flat after leaving a friend's house.
Doidge drove erratically in his blue sedan for about 250 metres before he lost control and crashed into a parked car.
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Doidge was trapped in the sedan for some time while paramedics, police, and fire crews worked to rescue him.
He told paramedics he drank 15 beers and a bottle of bourbon before getting behind the wheel.
The court heard as he was extracted from the car, he told witnesses, "I smashed it real good, it's f****** cool."
Doidge was taken to Bendigo Health for minor injuries. He underwent a blood test, which later showed he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.262 - more than five times over the legal blood alcohol limit.
The court heard Doidge's car was unregistered without number plates, was not fitted with a required interlock, and was not displaying the necessary probationary plates.
Doidge on Thursday also pleaded guilty to threatening to slit a man's throat in January this year, and stealing fuel from a White Hills service station in February 2019.
Defence lawyer Robert Timms told the court alcohol was a significant issue for Doidge and it was critical he received some support for his problems.
Magistrate Megan Aumair said the driving matters were "very serious". She ordered Doidge undergo a community corrections order assessment to see if he was suitable for support programs.
Ms Aumair also indicated Doidge would lose his driver's licence for five years.
Doidge will return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court next week for sentencing.
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