P-plater drink driver off the road for two-and-a-half years

A P-PLATER who was caught drink-driving at more than three times the legal limit will not be allowed behind the wheel for two-and-a-half years.

Brenton Rodgers, 22, had his licence cancelled for 30 months in the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday after he blew 0.155 last year.

The court was told that on August 4, 2012, Rodgers was driving along Lydiard Street with two passengers when he nearly collided with a taxi at the intersection of Sturt and Lydiard streets.

Police intercepted the car in nearby Camp Street, where Rodgers and the two passengers were seen holding open bottles of alcohol.

Defence lawyer John Irwin said his client had had waited two hours for a taxi into town before driving.

“He made the really ridiculous decision to drive into town,” Mr Irwin said. It was Rodgers’ second drink-driving offence.

Rodgers was also fined $950.