Albury driver blows 0.158 in Hume Freeway crash

BENJAMIN Sheck-Townsend was travelling towards Wodonga at about 110km/h along the Hume freeway in Albury when he lost control of his Ford Focus car about 3.45pm on Anzac Day.

His car travelled about 120 metres on the grass median strip before hitting a guard rail separating the two sections of freeway.

Sheck-Townsend’s car came to a stop about 200 metres from the East Street on-ramp.

When police arrived at the scene, he told them: “I hit a large animal about 30 kilometres back and I ended up here”.

Solicitor Dusan Jovetic described Sheck-Townsend’s comment as “rather bizarre” when he appeared in Albury Local Court for sentencing on a high-range drink-driving offence.

“He is just so unbelievably lucky to walk away,” magistrate Tony Murray said.

Mr Jovetic said Sheck-Townsend, a machine operator and father of one child, had moved from Wodonga to Albury to be suitable for community service.

The accident had been costly for him with his $15,000 car written off.

Mr Jovetic said it had been sold as a wreck for $400.

Sheck-Townsend, 28, was unsteady on his feet when police arrived and smelt of alcohol.

His eyes were red, glassy and when police asked if he was the driver, Sheck-Townsend said: “Yes, that’s my car.”

A breath test was positive and a subsequent breath analysis gave a blood alcohol reading of 0.158.

Sheck-Townsend then told police he had consumed about four schooners of beer between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

Mr Murray imposed 80 hours community service on Sheck-Townsend and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.