Riverina L-plater crashes after driving drunk in unregistered uninsured car

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

A learner driver has been forced to pay his dues after he got behind the wheel of an unregistered, uninsured car after chugging back cans of Captain Morgan. 

Phillip James Dixon, 42, crashed into and uprooted two trees during his nostalgic drive on July 17 last year. 

Documents tendered to the court state Dixon told police he drank four to five cans of Captain Morgan Rum and Dry from 5.45pm to 7pm. 

Dixon then drove to the site of his Lockhart childhood home to sit and think for about an hour, downing another can. 

About 9pm he decided to drive home, running off the side of roadway and into the trees. 

Documents state police believed Dixon was travelling about 120km/h in a 50km/h zone when he lost control of the vehicle. 

“The accused stated he couldn’t recall what had occurred at the time, other than getting out of the vehicle and seeing it completely written off,” the facts state. 

Dixon, who represented himself in Wagga Local Court on Friday, said he was planning on abstaining from alcohol altogether as a result of the incident. 

“Nothing like that is ever going to happen again,” he said.  

Dixon told Magistrate Erin Kennedy he was currently undertaking drug and alcohol counselling. 

“He was lucky he wasn’t charged with something more serious, given the facts,” Ms Kennedy said. 

The Lockhart father pleaded guilty to all five charges – using an unregistered motor vehicle, using an uninsured motor vehicle, learner driver not accompanied by licensed driver, driving while under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving. 

Dixon first obtained his learner’s permit in 1997 before allowing it to expire. 

He reapplied and successfully gained his learners for the second time in 2005, before losing it due to a traffic infringement. 

Dixon obtained the same licence again in February 2017. 

Police prosecutor Rowen Harris said he did not wish to be heard as he couldn’t take it any higher than the facts. 

Ms Kennedy told Dixon he needed he needed to fix things up for his children. 

“They could’ve lost you – you need to work toward ensuring you’re bettering their life,” she said. 

“Your driving was extremely serious.” 

Dixon was fined $2300 and placed on a good behaviour bond with supervision for two years and six months.

He will be unable to obtain a learners licence for 12 months.