A former AFL club chef and driver of a Porsche who was drunk when he crashed into scaffolding inside the Viva Energy refinery is being sued for $142,000 in damages.

He returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.278 – or more than five times the legal limit.

The former Collingwood Football Club chef was labelled “a success story as a migrant” by his defence lawyer, Royce Dekker, who told Magistrate Ann McGarvie he was now facing a $142,000 lawsuit from Viva.

“Insurance will not cover him … severe consequences for him,” Mr Dekker said.

Mr Dekker said his client “foolishly decided to drive” after drinking alcohol at his workplace after securing a major contract for his business.

“It was celebratory and unfortunately it has consequences,” he said.

The court was told the financial penalties Gill now faced “as a result of his actions” should not be taken into account when sentenced.

“I’m surprised we are not dealing with the death of the accused or someone else,” the police prosecutor said.

Magistrate Ann McGarvie said Gill “must have been absolutely intoxicated” and his decision to drive has “caused him to suffer this huge financial impost”.

He was convicted and fined $1060 and had his licence cancelled for 24 months.

Extracted in full from:  https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/geelong-man-khushpreet-gill-37-blew-more-than-five-times-legal-limit-after-viva-energy-crash/news-story/c89249278835802f59fc7b33d6b48b75

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