Speed, booze and ute ends on its roof

A SPEEDING drink-driver rolled his car through a fence, damaged a gas meter and landed upside down in a front yard in Albury last night.

The 24-year-old motorist wrote off a new Holden ute worth about $50,000 in the incident, which occurred on Alma Street about 7.45pm.

The man and his occupant initially fled the scene but returned soon after.

Acting Sgt Simon Steel said the incident had occurred in wet weather and said alcohol had been a factor.

“He’s lost control, hit a gutter, rolled, and the car ended up on its roof,” he said.

“The driver was breath-tested and returned a positive reading for alcohol.

“He was brought back to the station and a subsequent breath analysis returned a result of 0.061.”

The man will receive a court attendance notice for low-range drink driving, and may face negligent driving and car defect charges.

The man told police he had only driven about 15,000 kilometres in the vehicle.

“There’s obviously a warning about drink-driving,” acting Sgt Steel said.

“It’s a case of if you do it, incidents like this can happen.

“And if you lose control you have less chance of recovering your vehicle.

“You’re more likely to have an accident, particularly with wet roads.

“You should never drink-drive at any time, but particularly not in the wet weather.”

Acting Sgt Steel said it was lucky the driver and his passenger, or someone on the footpath, had not been hurt.

The car caused a gas leak at the front of the property and firefighters were called to the scene.