Drunk and stoned driver who threw his ute and a German backpacker threw her to death was imprisoned
- Michael Brian Hilton, 33, drank up to nine beers plus a shot of spirits in a pub
- He then tried to drive his ute 32 km from the pub to a farm in WA
- Hilton crashed and his passenger died. He was imprisoned for four years on Tuesday
A New Zealander who was drunk and stoned when he rolled his ute on a West Australian country road, threw a German woman out of the vehicle and killed her, was imprisoned for four and a half years.
Michael Brian Hilton, 33, drank up to nine beers plus a shot of spirits, and shared cannabis with Sarah Hurt before moving 32 km from Perenjori Hotel to the Morowa farm where they worked and lived in November 2017.
They planned to stay in the tavern overnight, but decided to leave after a dispute with the locals about Hilton's $ 2,100 Chase the Ace lottery, the District Court of WA on Tuesday heard.
Michael Brian Hilton and Sarah Hurt had been drinking beer at a pub in Perenjori, Western Australia, before crashing the vehicle
The father-of-one bought six extra beers to drink as roadies before he left, but cannot remember having consumed them.
Just 2 km from their journey, he crossed the wrong side of the road, hit gravel, turned back on the road, and hit gravel again before calling up to five times, leaving 210 meters of impact markers behind.
Mrs. Hurt, 25, died on the spot.
The blood alcohol value of Hilton, taken about five and a half hours after the crash, was 0.095 but would have been higher if taken earlier.
Hilton drove a country road in Western Australia at 1.30 a.m. when he lost control and skipped his ute five times
Judge Stephen Scott noted that Hilton had three intoxication convictions, the most recent about 19 months before the fatal crash when his blood alcohol level was 0.109.
& # 39; Your record is not pleasing to you, & # 39; Judge Scott said.
He said it demonstrated that Hilton has a & # 39; cavalier attitude & # 39; had to face the dangers of driving under the influence and that he had not learned his lesson.
& # 39; It should never have occurred to you to drive the vehicle, & # 39; said the judge.
Hilton is eligible for a conditional release after being in jail for two and a half years.
He is then disqualified for driving for three and a half years.
Hilton and Mrs. Hurt had been drinking in a pub (pictured) in Perenjori, 348 km north of Perth and allegedly Hilton bought six other beers
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