A DELORAINE dairy worker has pleaded guilty to driving almost five times over the alcohol limit.
Nicholas James Cripps, 22, was intercepted by police in Paterson Street, Launceston, and recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.245 earlier this year.
The court heard Cripps had been at Irish Murphy's where he drank eight glasses of beer in about an hour before driving.
His lawyer Courtney Prior said he was highly respected in the community and was a role model for young people in his position as a first- grade cricket player for Westbury.
Launceston magistrate Reg Marron ordered he be assessed for the Sober Driver program, a court mandated education course for repeat drink-drivers.
Police issued Cripps a two- year on-the-spot driving disqualification at the time of the offence.
In a separate matter yesterday the court heard an L-plate driver got behind the wheel after drinking because she needed toilet paper.
Jade Kelly Woodward, 34, was pulled over by police on George Town Road, Launceston, in August with a blood alcohol level of 0.052.
Lawyer James Oxley explained his client "somewhat embarrassingly' had run out of toilet paper and was going to buy some more when police caught her.
Woodward, who pleaded guilty to all charges, was convicted of similar offences in 2005, Mr Marron said.
He disqualified her for six months with a $600 fine.
In another case, a Kings Meadows man pleaded guilty to driving with an alcohol reading of 0.137.
Timothy John Guy, 32, was pulled over by police on Hobart Road in August.
The court heard the truck driver had been drinking at a party the night before and then had two beers before he drove about 7pm. It was his third offence in seven years for drink-driving.
Mr Marron fined him $1200 and disqualified his licence for 15 months.