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    Lachie Hunter charged with Drink Driving

    WESTERN Bulldogs vice-captain Lachie Hunter is set to be charged by police after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash where he is believed to have hit four parked cars while more than two times the blood alcohol limit on Thursday night.

    The 25-year-old's licence was suspended for 12 months, while he was also hit with a $1652 penalty notice for breaching strict social distancing directions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    Police arrived at the scene of the crash in Middle Park to find Hunter's damaged SUV which appeared to have collided with four cars around 8.45pm.

    When the highway patrol unit arrived, Hunter was nowhere to be seen.

    He was later located at a South Yarra address and given a preliminary breath test. A subsequent evidentiary breath test recorded a reading of 0.123 – more than two times the legal limit.

    Hunter's car, with damage to the front, was towed from the scene with at least one other vehicle.

    Alcohol was found on the front seat of Hunter's car.

    Police were unable to provide further detail as to how Hunter got from Middle Park to South Yarra – around 3-4km away – but did confirm no one else was charged in relation to the incident.

    Earlier in the night, around 7pm, Hunter posted a photo on social media with a group of friends in a 'Zoom' video teleconferencing call. He appeared to be alone in the image.

    Police provided AFL.com.au with a statement in the early hours of Friday morning.

    "Prahran Highway Patrol were called to Middle Park Thursday evening following reports a car had crashed into a number of parked cars," the statement read.

    "The crash occurred on Wright Street where it's believed a Toyota SUV crashed into four unoccupied parked cars about 8.45pm.

    "When police arrived, it was found the driver had left the scene.

    "Attending police made follow up enquiries and located the 25-year-old driver at an address in South Yarra.

    "The Middle Park man was given a preliminary breath test and a subsequent evidentiary breath test, where he furnished a reading of 0.123."

    "The man's licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and it is expected will be charged on summons with drink driving and other traffic matters.

    "Whilst committing the offences the man was found to be in breach of the directions issued by the Chief Health Officer, and he was issued a $1652 penalty notice.

    "The directions by the Chief Health Officer, under the State of Emergency declared in Victoria, have been enacted to help stop the spread of Coronavirus."

    Having served in the Dogs' leadership group since 2018, Hunter was elevated to vice-captain in December under new skipper Marcus Bontempelli.

    In March last year Hunter signed a five-year extension to remain with the Dogs until the end of 2024.

    Hunter's manager and the Western Bulldogs were contacted for comment.



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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    What a fvck wit.
    The curse is dead.

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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Stand him down and he can sit out the season when footys back.
    The curse is dead.

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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Incredibly poor decision making. Lets wait to hear the clubs response but I can't find any sympathy or understanding for him at the moment.
    He's very fortunate that no one appears to have been hurt
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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Hes lucky he didnt kill himself or someone else.
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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Idiot. I’m a fan of Lachie, but this is unbelievably stupid. Out of the leadership group for a start.

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    Words can’t express the disappointment of this selfish act. Why anyone chooses to drink drive in the first instance is beyond me, but even more so in the current environment. What the hell was he thinking.

    Sackable offence for mine.

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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    If the reports are accurate, immediate dismissal is the only appropriate sanction. No sympathy.
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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewP6 View Post
    If the reports are accurate, immediate dismissal is the only appropriate sanction. No sympathy.
    Why? He made a mistake, a bad one. Let’s use it as a force for positive teaching/change.
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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Luke Hodge was one sip over the limit, and didn't lose his licence, yet he copped more shot than most...

    Lachie:

    - .123% (which would be much higher, having reduced over 3-4 hours. He could've been over .15% - 3 times legal limit)
    - Accident with 4 cars while drunk
    - Leave the scene of an accident
    - Breaching COVID 19 laws, while the rest of are doing the right thing


    This to me is much worse than Libba being unconscious with a pill in his pocket. He needs to receive the largest sanction and get dropped from the leadership group. This is about the worst news our club could have right now. The saving grace is he didn't kill anyone, but that was luck.

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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Why? He made a mistake, a bad one. Let’s use it as a force for positive teaching/change.
    I like the notion of turning a negative into a positive but I'm not sure we have heard the fully story yet.
    I think there is a bit more to play out here and we haven't heard it all as yet because I think it will involve other players but yes there might be an opportunity to learn from this
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    And what started here will indeed have changed the world — for the better.

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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Why? He made a mistake, a bad one. Let’s use it as a force for positive teaching/change.
    He made a mistake that could have killed people, for his own amusement (ie getting on the grog) when he's supposed to be training for a return. Drink driving is one thing I particularly cannot stand. I don't want our club associated with such selfish idiots. The positive change can be employing people who don't put others lives at risk.
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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    As we don't know the full circumstance's hard to know what penalties should apply.
    But in saying that a strong message needs to be sent and players have a lot of support more than the average guy on the street.
    Leadership group is a given as he has set a bad example and some sort of ban and or fine plus under go counselling.
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    Re: Lachie Hunter charged with Dink Driving

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewP6 View Post
    If the reports are accurate, immediate dismissal is the only appropriate sanction. No sympathy.
    I would support harsh measures certainly, and expect that he will be stripped of the vice captaincy most likely. But I don't agree with 'immediate dismissal'. Its a huge error in judgement, he deserves to be punished and will be, but not to the extent of losing his job. I wouldn't lose my job if I was in Lachie's position - so I don't think I can sit there and say he should.
    Last edited by Ozza; 17-04-2020 at 02:44 PM.

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