A SERIAL drink driver will spend a month behind bars after blowing more than four times the legal limit for the third time.
Robert Patterson, 49, from Snake Valley, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court this morning, where he pleaded guilty to drink driving and unlicensed driving.
The court heard Patterson had a blood alcohol level of 0.230 when he was pulled over by police on June 16 last year.
It was the third time he had recorded a reading of more than 0.20 in his life, but his first drink driving offence for six years.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Pepe Brown said Patterson admitted to drinking six cans of full strength beer and two cans of ouzo and cola before driving.
Defence lawyer Richard Oakley said his client was driving home, just two kilometres from his friends house where he had been drinking.
He was pulled over by police because of faulty tail lights.
In sentencing, Magistrate Michelle Hodgson said Patterson showed signs of someone clearly suffering alcoholism.
"When you get behind the wheel of a car at .230, the court will impose a period of imprisonment," Ms Hodgson said.
Patterson was convicted and sentenced to one month prison.