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Man drives 150m to Roma pub, crashes into bottle-o fridge

A Roma man won‘t be ramming into fridges at the local bottle-o anymore after losing his licence for eight months for a drink driving offence.

Alan Rex Wells, 64, lives 150 metres away from his local pub, however that didn't stop him from getting behind the wheel at 7pm on March 2 to continue his day session of drinking.

The court heard Wells wanted to go to the pub for a few more drinks after drinking wine at a friend's house since 10am.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the Roma Magistrates Court on March 16, as the defendant was exiting the drive thru at the licenced premises, he drove into the fridge.

The defendant‘s solicitor Leslee Reed told the court her client waited until police arrived and co-operated with officers.

“He admits he has a problem with alcohol,” Ms Reed said.

Ms Reed told the court her client‘s mother was 97-years-of-age and was having issues so he resorted to alcohol to cope.

He returned a breath analysis result of 0.158.

Magistrate Peter Saggers took into account that the defendant pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and was cooperative with police.

“I understand your stresses and you're caring for your elderly mother,” he said.

“But it's dangerous for you and dangerous for people in the bottle shop … you have previous entries but some time ago.

“If you have a problem with alcohol then you need to get on top of it, I understand your stresses with your mum but you're not going to deal with them adequately if you’re drinking.”

Wells pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving – type two related vehicle offence.

Wells was fined $850 and was disqualified from driving for eight months.

The conviction was recorded.


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