A MAN was so desperate for a cigarette he drove to another town with more than twice the blood alcohol limit in his system, Cobram police said yesterday.
Leading Sen-Constable Nick Rae said the man, 51, drove the 37 kilometres from Berrigan to Cobram about 9pm on Sunday to buy cigarettes — his home-town shops were closed.
He was pulled over in Mookarii Street, Cobram.
Sen-Constable Rae said testing showed the man had a blood alcohol reading .135, more than twice the legal limit and even the driver allegedly knew how feeble his excuse sounded.
“He told police ‘It sounds silly that I came to Cobram to get cigarettes, doesn’t it’?” Sen-Constable Rae said.
The man was immediately banned from driving in Victoria for 13 months and given a $614 fine.
Sen-Constable Rae said the driver had not only risked his life, but the life of other road users.
“Just don’t do it,” Sen-Constable Rae said.
“People are still silly to even contemplate driving if they’ve been drinking. It’s ridiculous.”
The man did not have any passengers.