A DRINK driver who ploughed into a carport, damaging a vehicle inside, is still paying for his bad judgement.
While Matthew John Morgan was only behind the wheel for about 30 seconds, his actions have left him with a destroyed car and repair bill for the vehicle he crashed into, and for the damaged carport.
The Lavington construction estimator, 42, decided to get behind the wheel of the Holden ute after an argument with his wife.
He had been drinking at the Star Hotel, and was being driven around by his wife after leaving.
The pair had an argument and she got out of the vehicle.
Morgan got behind the wheel and drove after his partner to talk to her.
Frustrated, he stomped hard on the accelerator at the Prune Street roundabout with Breen Street and lost control.
He crashed the vehicle into the Prune Street carport, causing a part of it to collapse and damaging a vehicle underneath it.
He immediately knew he was in the wrong.
“I am really stupid, I’ve done a stupid thing,” he told the property owner.
“I’ll be over the limit.”
Morgan faced Albury Local Court on Monday, having blown .099 after the incident on November 29.
“I’ve never drank or drive ever,” he told magistrate Rodney Brender.
“Bad judgement on my behalf.”
The magistrate said despite the offence, he had no criminal history and his "driving record is pretty good".
Morgan had been in touch with the victim's insurer and was uninsured himself.
Mr Brender noted the offending didn't involve a random intercept, but a crash.
He banned Morgan from driving for nine months with a $550 fine.
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