Jail avoided over skate park crash

A MILLICENT man has avoided imprisonment after he crashed his car into the local skate park while driving almost five times over the legal limit.

Matti Kapulainen, 39, appeared in the Millicent Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to two counts of drink driving and one count of driving without due care.

The first count related to an incident on March 17 when the defendant was pulled over by police for a driver screening test after his vehicle was observed driving out of a Millicent bottle shop.

He produced a positive blood alcohol reading of .295 and was issued with a 12 month instant loss of licence.

Magistrate Teresa Anderson said the reading was one of the highest she had seen in the region.

“Some people are comatose at this level,” she said.

“At this

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