Drink-driver seven times the legal limit when his car hits bottle shop

SCENE: The Risdon Hotel and drive-thru bottle shop, in Moppett Road, Port Pirie.
SCENE: The Risdon Hotel and drive-thru bottle shop, in Moppett Road, Port Pirie.

Police say they are "gobsmacked" at the behaviour of a drink-driver who crashed his car into a drive-thru bottle shop in Port Pirie.

In the afternoon, patrols were called to a hotel, in Moppett Road, after a Ford sedan entered the bottle shop and mounted the kerb before hitting the counter. The staff escaped injury.

The driver was refused service and drove off with quick-thinking staff calling police.

Officers found the car as it drove away in Stanhope Street and pursued it for a short distance before the chase was called off for safety reasons.

Inquiries identified the driver and he was arrested before being taken to the police station for a breath-test in which he returned a blood-alcohol reading of .36.

This was more than seven times the legal limit.

It was found that the driver was disqualified and security-video footage from the hotel showed he was not wearing his seat belt at the time.

He was also under a barring order preventing him from entering the licensed premises.

The 32-year-old Port Pirie man was charged with drink-driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop and breaching a barring order.

He was given a spot fine for failing to wear his seatbelt and his car was defected and impounded for 28 days. He was due to appear in court.

The driver was banned from driving for 12 months. This will start after his existing disqualification expires.

Police said the "selfish actions of this drink-driver are an example of the type of behaviour that police are targeting under the recently-launched campaign 'Drink Drivers are Selfish Pricks'".

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