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Angry decision was costly

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August 05, 2017

AN ECHUCA man who drove to the end of his street because he was ‘‘pissed off’’ has been disqualified from driving for six months.

AN ECHUCA man who drove to the end of his street because he was ‘‘pissed off’’ has been disqualified from driving for six months.

Steven Hallissey appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to drunk driving, unlicensed driving and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Hallissey was stopped on Haverfield St for a routine check on December 30.

Hallissey told officers he had never held a driver’s licence, with checks revealing the car’s registration expired six months earlier.

A breath test returned a result of 0.098 — nearly double the legal limit.

He told police he had drunk seven cans of port and had only bought the car several days earlier.

‘‘He said his brother and best mate had pissed him off, so he decided to go for a drive,’’ Snr Constable Rennie said.

Under questioning from the magistrate, Hallissey said there was ‘‘no reason’’ he had never applied for a licence, adding: ‘‘I’m always on the move.’’

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill convicted Hallissey and fined him $850.

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