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A DRUNKEN elderly man kept driving for several kilometres with a mangled front wheel scraping and sparking along the road after crashing into a traffic signal pole north of Melbourne, police say.
The man aged in his 80s was picked up by police who had received multiple calls after the traffic pole was hit in Taylors Lakes as he turned off the Calder Freeway onto Kings Road on Friday night.
Police said the Taylors Lakes man kept driving with one of the front wheels of his car buckled and twisted sideways and scraping and sparking along the road.
They said he told officers he was not aware he had been involved in a crash.
Police said the man, who had been drinking with friends in Gisborne, recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.12, more than double the legal limit.
He was fined $641 and has lost his driver's licence for twelve months.
Punishment barely more than a slap on the wrist.
He should be made to undergo a full re-test in 12 months time to ensure he still has the skills and reflexes to drive.
At least he didn't hit a cyclist, pedestrian or another vehicle.