Driver admits to non-stop drinking on road trip


Warning for 'morning after' drivers

A young Australian driver, who was pulled over by police while on a 260-mile journey, admitted that he had been drinking for the duration of his road trip.

21-year-old Josh Court was stopped by a highway patrol vehicle after being reported by another motorist who observed his Mitsubishi 4x4 swerving across lanes on a busy motorway.

Breathalysed at the roadside, Court provided a sample showing him to be three times over the legal drink-drive limit. His explanation was that he and his passengers had been drinking 'non stop' to see how much alcohol they could consume over the four-and-a-half hour drive.

He told police that he had drunk seven cans of beer before being stopped, averaging at around one every half hour.

Unsurprisingly, the young man's actions have come in for heavy criticism: "It's a young, stupid mentality. All three of them in the car were tanked," police sergeant Al Keogh told The Western Australian newspaper.

"His explanation was he and his two friends in the car were going to see how much they could drink in the time it took to drive from Perth to Albany, with little or no regard to other motorists or members of the public."

Keogh went on to brand the man's actions as "pathetic" and praised both the motorist who reported them and the swift action of his officers to get Court off the road before anyone was hurt.

The reckless driver was given an immediate two-month driving ban and was charged with drink-driving.

He is due to appear before Albany Magistrate's Court on June 26. If convicted, Court faces a 10-month driving ban and a $2,500 (£1,380) fine.