A motor vehicle accident which left a passenger in a coma has been a ``sobering experience'' for the drink driver responsible, the Launceston Magistrates Court heard today.
Joshua Michael Cox pleaded guilty to driving while over the alcohol limit and failing to ensure his passenger was wearing a seat belt.
The court heard Cox was driving on Esk Main Road in the Northern Midlands in April when his vehicle went on the wrong side of the road and flipped.
The passenger suffered serious injuries as a result of not wearing a seatbelt and was placed in an induced coma.
At the scene Cox admitted to police he'd drunk an unknown number of beers, the court heard.
A blood alcohol test returned a reading of 0.135, nearly three times the legal limit.
Lawyer Adrian Hall said it was the East Coast vineyard worker's first offence for drink driving.
He sad the passenger had made a full recovery with no lasting injuries and Cox had written off his $8000 vehicle.
``It's been a sobering experience for him ... he's certainly reduced his alcohol intake,'' Mr Hall said.
Magistrate Tim Hill fined Cox $820 and disqualified him from driving for nine months, removing three points from his licence when it's returned.