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Sleepy drunk escapes crash but not the court

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December 01, 2017

A P-PLATER almost three times the legal alcohol limit who rolled his car after falling asleep at the wheel has been taken off the road for 13 months.

A P-PLATER almost three times the legal alcohol limit who rolled his car after falling asleep at the wheel has been taken off the road for 13 months.

Jake Warwick Gray, 19, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court to drunk driving and careless driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said Gray was driving along the Northern Hwy at Runnymede about 3.15am on June 11 when he fell asleep.

‘‘He veered onto the wrong side of the road and onto the grass for about 200m and collided into a ditch and rolled onto its side,’’ she said.

A passerby stopped to help him, but Gray managed to climb out of the vehicle.

Police and an ambulance attended. Gray, who suffered facial injuries, was taken to Bendigo hospital.

A blood test later found the Wallan man had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.138.

During his interview, Gray told police he had consumed four Jack Daniels cans before driving and fell asleep.

Representing himself, the apprentice sheet metal fabricator said he had in fact had more than four cans and was remorseful for his actions.

‘‘I made the biggest mistake of my life,’’ he said. ‘‘I was pretty down after the accident. I struggled with it.’’

Gray said he suffered cuts and a scar to his cheek and some bruising.

‘‘I could have killed someone. That was the major thing that hurt me,’’ he said.

Magistrate Patrick Southey said it was a high alcohol reading, especially considering he had to be 0.00.

‘‘If this hasn’t taught you a lesson, nothing will,’’ Mr Southey said. ‘‘We all make mistakes when we’re young.’’

As well as cancelling his licence, Mr Southey convicted and fined Gray $700 and $119.90 in court costs.

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