A MOTORIST who was caught more than five times over the legal blood alcohol limit has been disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Peter Feather, 38, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court last week where he pleaded guilty to charges including driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The court heard on October 23, 2019, police intercepted Feather while he was driving a Subaru sedan along St Aidan's Road in Kennington.
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Feather was unable to provide any identification and checks confirmed he did not hold a driver's licence.
He underwent a preliminary breath test, which showed alcohol was present in his system. A second test showed he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.25, which was five times over the legal limit.
Feather also underwent an oral fluid test, which showed the presence of an illicit substance.
He told police he drank two 375ml cans of bourbon before he got behind the wheel. Feather also admitted to never holding a driver's licence.
Feather also pleaded guilty to one count of carrying an offensive weapon, after Bendigo Magistrates' Court security officers found a box cutter in his bag in September 2018.
Feather was on a community corrections order at the time of his offending.
Defence lawyer Robert Southgate told the court Feather previously had a drug and alcohol problem, but that he had since received counselling.
Mr Southgate said Feather now had stable accommodation, a family, and was keen to engage with the corrections order.
Magistrate Megan Aumair convicted and fined Feather $1200. He was disqualified from driving for the next 12 months.
Feather was also ordered to restart his 12-month community corrections order, which included 150 hours of community service.
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