An Albany P-plater blew 0.222 after a crash which brought down powerlines and closed a section of Princess Royal Drive. Appearing in Albany Children’s Court last Friday, the 17-year-old boy received a hefty fine and a licence disqualification after pleading guilty to driving under the influence. Police prosecutor Sgt Dave Loverock told the court the juvenile was travelling east on Princess Royal Drive about 10pm on September 18 when he hit a power pole fitted with a transformer. “The transformer smashed and wires covered both sides of the road,” he said. The Holden Commodore he was driving sustained “significant damage” and had to be towed from the scene. Western Power and emergency services removed the powerlines and cleared the road of debris and it was reopened hours later. The P-plater — who was not allowed to have any alcohol in his system as a condition of his licence — returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.222 after the crash. The boy told the court he was “extremely remorseful” and had been waiting to engage in counselling sessions with headspace. Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said at 17, the juvenile “shouldn’t be drinking”. “If you had some respect for your brain you’d give it half a chance to develop,” she said. She said that whether he “agreed or disagreed, he was an inexperienced driver”. “It doesn’t matter if you are a P-plater or been driving for 50 years, the law is the same for everybody ... you cannot drink-drive,” Ms Scaddan said. “It’s fortunate you didn’t hit a car and seriously injure or worse somebody else or yourself, otherwise you would be in a different situation than you are today. “The court doesn’t often see young people doing this with the education that is instilled today to not drink-drive.” Ms Scaddan cancelled the teenager’s licence, disqualified him from driving for 10 months, and fined him $1700.