An unlicensed Low Head driver who crashed off Bridport Road because he was drunk was sentenced in the Launceston Magistrates Court to eight weeks jail.
Daniel Mark Bishop, 36, pleaded guilty to a count of driving a motor vehicle while exceeding the prescribed alcohol limit with a reading of 0.216 in December 2017. He also pleaded guilty to driving while using a hand held mobile phone on August 14 last year and driving while his licence was expired.
Police prosecutor Felicity Radin said Bishop lost control of his car about 200 metres from the Pipers River intersection causing it to roll and land in a ditch.
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A passenger in the vehicle was taken to the LGH.
Bishop had blood taken at the same hospital.
"Mr Bishop was the subject to a zero blood alcohol condition," she said.
In relation to the mobile phone he told police "the boss just rang I had to answer'.
Defence counsel Mark Doyle said that Bishop had no memory of the incident.
He said he had previously had struggles with alcohol and was dealing with the breakdown of a relationship.
"He was a very lonely man and made a decision to go to for drinks," he said.
Mr Doyle said he was aware that shots were being put in his drinks and that he had blacked out at the time of the crash.
Magistrate Ken Stanton said it was a wickedly high reading.
"It is clear from your demeanour that you understand the seriousness of this offence," he said.
"This is your fifth offence under the Act and that makes it more serious.
"With such a high reading for a repeat offender I have no choice but to impose an actual sentence of imprisonment.
"I won't prolong your distress any longer but on the counts will sentence you to eight weeks jail and disqualify you from driving for 24 months following your release," he said.