A drink-driving case involving a younger learner in a vehicle filled with his mates has been labelled a recipe for disaster.
Gerizim Armstrong got behind the wheel in Albury on February 29 to drop his friends off over the border after a night of drinking.
The 18-year-old was spotted by police on Tourmaline Drive about 3.55am with the three passengers on board.
He returned a reading of 0.097, with Wodonga magistrate Ian Watkins this week noting there were several aggravating features.
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"What occurred on this day was a cocktail which could have resulted in a fatal accident," he said.
The teenager was young and inexperienced with a big concentration of alcohol in his system, the magistrate said.
Lawyer Mario Vaccaro said it had been a "foolish" decision to drive, but wasn't planned.
Armstrong was fined $500 with a further $84 in costs, was banned from driving for six months and must complete a traffic offenders program.