A MAN who hit a power pole and rolled his car recorded a breathalyser reading of 0.158 after the crash.
Michael Carl Rogers pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 30.
The prosecutor said the 23-year-old was the only person involved in the crash.
Members of the public found Rogers unconscious and freed him from the wreckage of his car.
The prosecutor said it was Rogers’ second DUI offence.
Rogers’ lawyer said his client had attended a work function earlier that day at Marri Park Golf Course and had intended to leave his car at the premises.
Rogers did not have a reason for changing his mind and driving, he said.
Rogers had been drinking heavily as a way of dealing with the loss of his father.
He suffered a minor back injury from the crash, but the car which he had only bought two weeks before, was a write-off.
The lawyer said Rogers had taken steps to ensure he is not tempted to drive by moving closer to his work and now rides a bicycle.
Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright accepted his early guilty plea.
“I just can’t tell you what a tragedy it would be for you to go to jail,” he said.
“Gone are the days where people would turn a blind eye to those who get into a car drunk and choose to drive.
“Everyone has issues in their lives.
“But they don’t get in a car drunk and endanger the lives of others. You have suffered significant expense through this but you chose that. You’ve caused your own loss.”
Rogers was fined $2300 and lost his licence for 30 months.