Drunk driver pleads guilty to torching own car

A Holden Barina goes up in flames in Currey St at Roma.
A Holden Barina goes up in flames in Currey St at Roma. Di Kelly

UPDATE: Shea Anthony Loughran plead guilty in Roma magistrates court yesterday after he was charged with driving while four times over the legal limit and setting his vehicle on fire.

The 27-year-old Irish man, who resides in Roma, was charged on Sunday afternoon after police and firefighters were called to his burning vehicle in Currey St, Roma

Police found Loughran at his home where he denied any involvement in the incident.

After he denied a breath test he was arrested and taken to the Roma police station.

Loughran admitted to police at the station he did in fact own the vehicle and he had been drinking because he was "sick of Australia" and "wanted to go back home to Ireland".

He submitted to a breath analysis test and blew a concentration of 0.194, almost four times over the legal limit.

Loughran told police he had been drinking since the previous afternoon and had consumed two litres of vodka and around 40 standard drinks.

He was fined $1500 for drink driving and disqualified from holding a license for 12 months.

He was also fined $500 for lighting an unauthorised fire and failing to provide a specimen, with no convictions recorded.

EARLIER: A man has faced Roma Magistrates Court after allegedly driving his car while almost four times over the legal limit and setting it on fire.

The 27-year-old Irish man, who lives in Roma, was charged on Sunday afternoon after police and firefighters were called to Currey St, where his Holden Barina was up in flames.

The driver and owner of the vehicle allegedly recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.194.

Roma firefighters extinguish the car fire.
Roma firefighters extinguish the car fire.


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