Police were called to the crash on Black Hills Road, Whitemore, about 2:00pm. The man was uninjured after his vehicle drifted off the road and lightly grazed a power pole. Sergeant Tony Roughan said the man was unable to walk unassisted.

“He was affected by alcohol to the point where he couldn’t converse with us very well at all,” he said.

“He had to be aided to walk from the police vehicle to the station and out again … he was that affected by alcohol.”

Driver suspended for 12 months on the spot

The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the incident.

He was taken to the Deloraine Police Station where he allegedly returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.347.

Sergeant Roughan said it was the highest reading he had seen in 18 years of policing.

“He’s lost his licence on the spot for 12 months by way of an excessive drink-driving notice for 12 months, however when he goes to court I imagine the magistrate will take his licence off him for a lot longer than that,” he said. The driver will face court in June.