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Footy star who crashed into FOUR cars after a fight with his fiancée Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe was ‘s**t’ scared when he fled the scene of the accident to BOOZE at a teammate’s house
AFL star Lachie Hunter told a Melbourne court he was not himself after he smashed his car into four parked cars while drunk behind the wheel during the height of the crisis of COVID-19 in Melbourne.
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The Western Bulldogs vice-captain pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to alcohol consumption, reckless driving and leaving the scene of the accident without providing any information.
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Hunter, 26, appeared in court from his home via a video link and was represented by famous lawyer Rob Stary.
Mr Stary said his client claimed he was not drunk while driving, but consumed up to five cans of UDL at a friends house before police caught up with him.
“He accepts … that this is the relevant reading,” Stary said.
The court heard that Hunter had just ended an argument with his fiancé Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe when he got behind the wheel that night.
“He was also consuming alcohol before the incident,” Stary said. “He took responsibility.”
The court heard that Hunter immediately told the Western Bulldogs that he had driven his car more than double the legal limit.
The Bulldogs fined Hunter $ 5,000, banned him for four games, and asked him for advice.
Mr Stary said Hunter voluntarily gave up on the club vice-captain and was equally embarrassed, humiliated and ashamed.
He told the court that Hunter was not insured for damage to all vehicles as a result of the drunk driving claim, which left him personally liable for the debt.
He has already paid $ 5,000 for a utility vehicle and is negotiating with insurers to pay the rest.
“It won’t be insignificant amounts,” Stary said.
A police prosecutor told the court that Hunter initially refused to take the breath test, but changed his mind after being given the opportunity to make a phone call for advice from his manager.
Hunter could have been immediately taken off the road for two years for refusing the test.
Court documents say a friend initially tried to cover up Hunter and refused to tell police where he was.
When they met him at his companion’s house, police claimed the inmate continued to deny Hunter was inside.
When officers were finally admitted, they found Hunter hiding on a balcony next door around the corner.
When asked why he drove alcohol, Hunter replied, “Um, if it’s important that I’m here and drink I have to say something, I don’t know what to say.”
Hunter claimed he drank cans of UDL around the house, but enjoyed a few reds before he got behind the wheel.
The footballer told police he thinks he can drive.
“I didn’t think I would be done with it,” he says.
Judge Michelle Hodgson suspended Hunter’s license for 12 months and fined him $ 1,000 without conviction.
When asked why he left the scene of the crash, Hunter told police he was not himself.
The court heard that Hunter was just 400 yards from his home in Middle Park when he collided with several cars parked on Wright Street on April 16.
The hunter revealed his details to two of the vehicle’s owners, but left a third victim in the dark.
He apologized to one of the victims and told her he would fix everything immediately.
This witness later said that Police Hunter did not appear to be drunk.
Hunter was not at the scene when police arrived, but was found just under two hours later with a teammate in South Yarra, where he claimed to have been drinking alcohol.
His SUV, in which official club material and alcohol were visible, was abandoned at the crash scene.
The court heard that former AFL Hall of Fame champion Chris Grant, who is the Bulldogs’ football boss, provided Hunter with a court reference.
In it, he said the club expect Hunter to need additional support throughout the 2021 season.
According to friends at the time, Hunter initially considered defending himself against the drunk driving allegations, as there was no evidence he had been drinking before the crash.
They told the Herald Sun at the time that Hunter had “quietly” contacted residents of the damaged vehicles to exchange phone numbers and offer his license details.