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Drunk P-plater flips car

WHEN P-plater Christopher Downie flipped his car on its roof on the Bruxner Highway there was no hiding the fact he was drunk.

Two ambulances, two police cars and two fire brigade trucks arrived at the crash scene.

Downie, 24, of Goonellabah, told police at the scene ‘I’m f....d mate, I’m pissed’ after clambering out of the wreckage.

He pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court on Monday to mid-range drink driving (0.140) at 8.30pm on October 24 last year, and not complying with his provisional driver’s permit.

“Lucky you didn’t kill anyone,” Magistrate Robyn Denes told him.

Downie, who represented himself, said he had not consumed alcohol since the crash.

In police facts the small business manager lost control of his car, striking an embankment, which resulted in the car rolling on its roof.

Downie escaped with minor cuts and grazes to his knees and elbows. The highway had to be closed while his vehicle was removed.

A police breath analysis gave a blood/alcohol reading of 0.140.

No P-plate was displayed on his car and Downie told police he had been on his way to get a pair of thongs left at his office when he crashed after drinking eight cans of bourbon at home.

Ms Denes disqualified Downie from driving for 12 months and placed him on a nine-month good behaviour bond.

He was also fined $300 for not displaying his P-plates.



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