Driver who blew 0.232 ‘felt he could drive all right’

A Ballarat man recorded a breath alcohol reading of 0.232. File image
A Ballarat man recorded a breath alcohol reading of 0.232. File image

A Ballarat man who recorded a breath alcohol reading of 0.232 per cent was suffering from “carer’s fatigue”, Ballarat Magistrate’s Court was told on Monday.

Following reports of reckless driving, police were called to Richards Street in Ballarat East on 6 May this year to find Daniel Sharman in the reclined driver’s seat of his car, severely intoxicated.

He was charged with driving offences, including reckless driving, driving while having a high prescribed content of alcohol and his car was impounded.

The court heard the accused had consumed eight cans of full-strength beer but “felt he could drive all right.”

Mr Sharman’s solicitor said his client had been caring full time for his mother who has dementia, “under very difficult circumstances”, was suffering carer’s fatigue and that “things had culminated on this day.’’

“It was a complete lapse of reasoning. He drove two kilometres at most.”

Magistrate Alsop said he was “not going to budge” from imposing a community corrections order.