Open bottles of liquor found in mans car after crash
A St Georges man found in a crashed car with bottles of alcohol was yesterday banned from the road for 18 months.
Officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Middle Road, Southampton, on the afternoon of December 10, Magistrates Court heard.
When they arrived on the scene they found a black car had struck a small wall, and was blocking both lanes of the road near the junction with Avocado Lane.
Darren Pitt, 36, was sitting in the drivers seat, and smelled strongly of alcohol.
An open bottle of Woodys brand alcoholic drink and a small, half-empty bottle of Dewars Scotch was found in the front of the car.
Asked if he had been drinking, Pitt did not respond.
He appeared in court yesterday in custody after missing his first court date and pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.
I guess I have a problem. Every time I deal with certain situations I cope with it by having a few drinks.
Perhaps on that day I shouldnt have been drinking and driving, he said.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner noted that this was Pitts second conviction for drinking and driving in a single year.
He fined him $1,500 and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.