A STRATHFIELDSAYE driver who drank eight schooners of beer before getting behind the wheel has lost his licence for 15 months, a court has heard.
Dean Wayne Salter, 62, pleaded guilty to the drink driving charge in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Monday.
The court heard on April 29 this year, Salter was driving his gold Holden Commodore along Strathfieldsaye Road in Strathfieldsaye.
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Police patrolling the area received a message that there was a possible drink-driver.
The officers saw Salter exiting a service station and intercepted him on Sinclairs Road.
The court heard Salter told the police, "you got me boys".
A preliminary breath test showed there was alcohol in his system. A second breath test showed a blood alcohol reading of 0.153, which was more than three times over the legal limit.
Salter's licence was immediately suspended and his car was impounded.
He told police he had consumed eight schooners of beer at the pub before driving. Salter said he knew he was over the limit and was remorseful for his actions.
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Magistrate Trieu Huynh said the offending was "incredibly dangerous" and Salter should have known not to drive.
Salter told the court he had been a "stupid man" who had only intended to drink a couple of beers but went too far.
The 62-year-old told the magistrate he had not consumed alcohol excessively since the incident.
Mr Huynh said the blood alcohol reading was very high so he needed to impose a penalty that reflected the seriousness of the crime.
Salter was convicted and fined $1000. His licence was cancelled and he was disqualified from driving for 15 months.
The licence disqualification period started in April.
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