Driver four times legal limit hits two cars in bottle shop
THINGS went from bad to worse when a motorist drove the wrong way into a drive-through bottle shop while four times the legal alcohol limit.
Keith Wightman appeared in Roma Magistrates Court last Wednesday and pleaded guilty to three charges including driving without a licence, driving under the influence and driving without due care and attention.
The court heard, the manager of Cellarbrations bottle shop on McDowall St called Roma police at 7pm on April 13 to alert them about the 52-year-old driver who had driven into the exit of the drive-through.
CCTV video footage showed the man's car had collided with another car that was attempting to leave the drive-through.
After yells and protests from other bottle shop customers, Wightman frantically reversed, hitting a parked car in the process.
Police arrived on the scene and breathalysed the Wightman who returned a reading of 0.216, more than four times the legal alcohol limit.
Wightman's lawyer told the court his client had been to the funeral of his aunt and uncle earlier that day and consumed a significant amount of fruity lexia wine with family and friends before heading to the bottle shop to pick up more alcohol.
The court heard Wightman was remorseful for his actions and understood that while celebrating the lives of loved ones with alcohol was justified, drink driving was not.
"What do I do with you?" Magistrates Blanch said, shaking his head.
Magistrate Blanch convicted Wightman, fined him $1500 and disqualified his licence for 18 months.
A conviction was recorded.