Jack Carter pleaded guilty at court on Wednesday to driving under the influence of liquor.
Jack Carter pleaded guilty at court on Wednesday to driving under the influence of liquor.

Uni student’s good grades lead to gruelling punishment

A DRINK driver embarked on a bizarre soul searching trip across more than 3000km as “punishment” for crashing his car after a night drinking absinthe.

Jack A Carter had plenty of time to think through his life when he rode his pushbike on a return trip from Sunshine Coast to Melbourne after crashing his car while more than three times over the limit.

Carter was celebrating his good grades over some shots of absinthe on November 9 before driving home about 9.15pm.

He lost control of his car and slammed into two trees along Candle Mountain Rd at Peachester.

Carter’s car was wedged between two trees and he was laying on the ground beside his car being treated by paramedics when police arrived.

The 29-year-old university student told police he’d only had a few drinks, but minutes before confessed to paramedics he had at least four shots of absinthe and two beers.

Carter could not physically produce a breath test at the crash site and was taken to hospital where his blood tests showed a reading of 0.170.

He pleaded guilty at court on Wednesday to driving under the influence of liquor.

After the incident Carter took off on his push bike to think through his life choices and make changes.

“He knows he made a big mistake,” defence lawyer John McDonald said.

Magistrate Barry Barrett sentenced Carter to be disqualified from driving for eight months and fined him $1000. Convictions were recorded.