A CARDIGAN Village man who was only weeks away from having an alcohol interlock device removed from his vehicle was caught drink-driving again, a court has heard.
Michael Clarke, 29, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving charges.
The court heard Clarke was intercepted by police on June 19 in Wendouree. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said Clarke recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.036 and was driving a vehicle not fitted with an interlock device – a condition of his licence.
Senior Constable Prebble said Clarke made admissions to drinking two pots of beer before driving. The court heard Clarke accepted driving the vehicle with no interlock device – after drinking beers on a 0.00 condition – was an “error of judgement”.
Magistrate Gregory McNamara fined Clarke $1100, cancelled his licence for 12 months and extended the alcohol interlock condition by four years.