A repeat drink-driver nabbed driving with almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system has avoided jail.
Michael Trevor Young, 57, received a six-month suspended sentence in Bendigo Magistrates Court on Monday after pleading guilty to one count of drink-driving. Young was caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.143 on the Calder Alternative Highway on May 17 this year.
The court heard the Lockwood South man had consumed a glass of red wine on the day of the offending and had been drinking heavily the night before. Young had five prior convictions for drink-driving since 1977, including high readings of 0.215 in 1992 and 0.174 in 2009. The court also heard Young had previously attempted to treat his alcohol addiction at residential rehabilitation facilities and did not usually drive.
In sentencing, Magistrate Jennifer Tregent described Young as a "serial offender" and warned him he was getting close to going to jail. "You're a liability on the road," she said. "It shows you're not leaning your lesson."
Ms Tregent imposed a six-month jail term, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified Young from driving for 28 months.
By RIAHN SMITH, Bendigo Advertiser