A REVELER who chose to leave this year’s Elmore BnS Ball behind the wheel of a car has paid a costly lesson.
Darren Wilson, 34, faced Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to drunk driving.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Jones said officers were conducting breath tests near the Elmore Field Days site when they stopped Wilson at 9.54am on March 12.
Wilson had attended the BnS Ball the previous day where he was drinking between 3pm and 2am.
He was caught driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.050, with checks revealing his licence had a condition requiring him to have no alcohol in his system.
The court heard Wilson lost his licence in April 2014 after being caught driving with a BAC of 0.13.
Wilson, representing himself in court, said eight hours had passed since his last drink and he thought he was fine to drive.
‘‘I’m sorry for what I’ve done and I’d just like to get my licence back,’’ he said.
‘‘I was carrying a breatho (breathaliser) with me but it stopped working and I never got it fixed.’’
Magistrate Michael King said it was concerning Wilson continued to drunk drive.
‘‘If you continue this behaviour, you’ll be losing your licence for a very long time,’’ he said.
Wilson was fined $800 and had his licence disqualified for 12 months, which was back-dated to the time of the offence.