Driver admits drinking non-stop on road trip
Driver 'admits' drinking non-stop on road trip

Police have blasted an alleged drink-driver as a dangerous idiot after he allegedly admitted drinking beer non-stop with two mates on a trip from Perth to Albany.

Josh Court allegedly blew 0.159 - three times over the limit - after officers pulled him over on Sunday as he drove into Mt Barker, just 50km from his destination.

Officers stopped the car after another motorist reported seeing a Mitsubishi four-wheel-drive swerving all over Albany Highway in a 110km/h zone just north of the town.

Police claim Mr Court, 21, was visibly intoxicated and the car reeked of beer.

"His explanation was he and his two friends in the car were going to see how much they could drink in the time it took to drive from Perth to Albany, with little or no regard to other motorists or members of the public," Mt Barker Sgt Al Keogh claimed yesterday. "It's a young, stupid mentality. All three of them in the car were tanked."

Mr Court, from Dunsborough, allegedly told police that he drank about seven beers during the trip - almost one every 30 minutes.

Sgt Keogh said he was glad police were able to stop the car before someone was killed.

"It's absolutely pathetic," he said. "You have a long weekend where there are thousands of extra cars on the road and you have this bunch of idiots thinking they'll get pissed as they drive at 110km/h.

"We do not tolerate this behaviour."

Mr Court was served with an immediate two-month driving ban and charged with driving under the influence.

A driver convicted of driving with a blood alcohol limit of 0.15 or more faces a potential 10-month ban and a $2500 fine for a first offence.

On the same day that Mr Court was allegedly drink-driving, a posting on his Facebook page said: "10 months on the foot falcon will be bliss."

After Mr Court failed a breath test, another of his friends offered to drive but he was also over the limit.

Police kept watch on the car to make sure the young men did not get back behind the wheel.

Road Safety Council chairman Murray Lampard said the driver appeared to have a callous disregard for other road users.

"History has shown us that often innocent people are the tragic victims of this sort of behaviour," he said. "People who drink at this level of intoxication need to experience the full weight of the law and these people have no right on our roads until they can show some responsibility."

Mr Court will appear in Albany Magistrate's Court on June 26.

The West Australian

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