Fake report, crash cost

Joshua James Bolton (21) pleaded guilty to careless driving, driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and creating a false belief.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rod Murray said Bolton was driving a car on McLarty Road on May 4. He said Bolton hit the kerb of a roundabout and crashed into a wall.

Bolton left the scene, called 000 and reported the vehicle stolen. Bolton returned to the crash scene and admitted he was the driver to police. He recorded a 0.092 per cent blood alcohol content.

Duty lawyer Helen De-Brito said the incident was out of character for Bolton and he usually called his parents to pick him up when he had been drinking alcohol. He panicked when he made the false report.

Bolton lost his licence for seven months and was granted a spent conviction.