A pharmacist has had his driver’s licence suspended after he crashed his car into three parked vehicles while more than four times the blood alcohol limit
The Warrnambool Standard reports that the pharmacist headed out to the Port Fairy main street to pick up a pizza.
The pharmacist had not worked in pharmacy for some time because he had a chronic and debilitating back condition, the Standard reports, caused by playing sport in his youth and aggravated by his work in pharmacy.
On the day of the offence he had used a wheelbarrow, again aggravating the back condition. While in pain, he started drinking red wine.
He then went to get a pizza, not realising that he was over the blood alcohol limit.
He hit three cars parked outside a real estate agency, damaging his front wheel and bending it out at 30 degrees, but kept driving for about 300m before stopping about 30m from the accident, the Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard.
When police attended he performed a breath test, which came back positive, and an evidentiary reading of .209 was recorded.
The man’s defence counsel said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by the events and it took him a week to leave his home and pay for the pizza. This was the first time he had ever appeared in court.
The pharmacist will have to pay for the cost of damage to the other three vehicles out of his own pocket, as he was not covered by insurance. The damage to his own Mercedes Benz was valued at $20,000.
The pharmacist was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined $1000 without a conviction being recorded.