Mandurah: drunk driver fined after losing control of car

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A DRUNK driver who lost control of his car and flipped it on its side will pay a $2000 fine.

Blake William Kimpton, who appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today , pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows said the 19-year-old had several passengers inside his car at 4.20am on April 21.

Sen Const Fallows said Kimpton was leaving the car park adjacent to Smart Street Mall.

Kimpton drove into Smart Street Mall but stopped his vehicle near a kebab shop to talk to a female pedestrian.

After talking to the woman, Kimpton turned left heavily towards Mandurah Terrace and lost control of the vehicle.

He collided with a raised concrete garden bed near a real estate office, causing the vehicle to flip over and land on the driver’s side.

Police said no one was injured.

Kimpton was apprehended at the scene as being the driver of the vehicle.

Police said Kimpton was taken to Peel Health Campus and had a blood sample which found he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.177.

Defence lawyer Trent Petherick said Kimpton was remorseful but he had no alcohol dependence issues.

“His parents don’t believe alcohol is a problem,” he said.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Kimpton had been to court before for drink driving.

“It’s a problem, a worry and a high reading,” she said.

Mr Petherick said Kimpton was driving a diesel automatic Toyota Hilux on the night of the offences.

“It [the car] wasn’t high speed, he drove a short distance,” he said,

Magistrate Longden said she was worried Kimpton was young and already on his second alcohol offence.

“To hear you and your parents think you don’t have a problem – I think you do,” she said.

“It worries me you don’t agree”.

Magistrate Longden fined Kimpton $2000 and disqualified his licence for 12 months.