Driver suspended from driving for 48 months

November 14, 2017

A man caught behind the wheel at almost four times above the blood alcohol limit told police he thought he was okay to drive.

Ian Flanagan, 46, of Nathalia, thought he had gone through 10 Carlton Draught stubbies when he was pulled over by police in Shepparton in September.

He blew 0.195, but told officers he thought he was okay to drive when he got behind the wheel.

He pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Monday to driving over the limit and driving while disqualified, from an offence in 2016.

Lawyer for Flanagan, Ian Michaelson said an extensive history of driving under the influence.

‘‘This would be his third in the last 10 years and sixth ever,’’ Mr Michaelson said.

‘‘He’s had a long history of alcohol addiction.’’

He said his client lives with his grandmother and he was prepared to undertake a community corrections order as punishment.

Magistrate Stella Stuthridge immediately disqualified him from driving for the next 48 months.

However she held off on a full sentence to see the progress he makes on counselling for his alcohol problems.

He will face court again on December 12.

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