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AFL star in alleged drink driving crash

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A prominent Melbourne AFL star broke lockdown and is alleged to have crashed into parked cars.

A prominent AFL star has been involved in an alleged drink driving crash in Melbourne.

Western Bulldogs vice-captain Lachie Hunter, 25, allegedly drove a Toyota SUV into four cars parked in Middle Park. He was later then picked up by police in South Yarra.

Victoria Police said he was given a preliminary breath test and a subsequent evidentiary breath test, returning a reading of 0.123.

He was fined $1600 for breaching social distancing rules and has had his licence suspended for 12 months.

Police said in a statement Mr Hunter is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving and other traffic matters. He also allegedly left the scene of the crash.

Lachie Hunter of the Bulldogs.

"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 statement read.

"The man's licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and it is expected he 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."

A statement from the football club read: "The Western Bulldogs are aware of an incident involving Lachie Hunter on Thursday evening.

"The Club is in the process of investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the incident, and will confirm details when possible."

Club president Peter Gordon suggested Mr Hunter was struggling to deal with the pressures created by the coronavirus crisis but that was no excuse.

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"We found out about the incident in the last couple of hours and we'll obviously take the time to investigate it," Mr Gordon told SEN radio.

"Football is very prominent in people's lives ... but this isn't the message we want to send out there."

Mr Gordon said Hunter "is a good young man" and suggested he was not "dealing at all appropriately with the pressure that a lot of people are under and the circumstances in which we live".

"But you can't use that as an excuse. This is behaviour we don't want to see and we'll get an explanation for it, get the circumstances, but the message we want send to people (is) during these difficult times is you need to put extra effort into sticking to the community effort," he said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/afl-star-allegedly-caught-drink-driving/609e934c-8e76-4753-a886-68b304a1c1ea

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