A 17-year-old learner driver shook his head while leaving court after being disqualified from driving for two years for admitting to high-range drink driving in June.
The Merimbula teenager pleaded guilty in Bega Local Court on August 11 to high range drink driving, driving while not being accompanied by another driver, and not displaying his "L" plates.
His lawyer, Adam Linehan, said the teenager had jumped in his car "out of anger" before he was stopped for a random breath test just minutes later.
Mr Linehan said due to his age his client "still has a chance to turn his life around".
Magistrate Doug Dick said the teenager "slipped through the cracks because of his age", describing the situation of a child facing an adult court as "unusual", before disqualifying the teen, and handing out $3200 in fines.
"What you did was terribly wrong, and you're not going to be able to drive for some time," Magistrate Dick told the teen.
"You need to spend some good time off the road before you get back on the road."
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