Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

P-Plater's Flood of Problems

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

P-Plater's Flood of Problems

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Byline: Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au

NICHOLAS ELLIOTT will

always remember when the May 2009 flood hit Lismore.

He was at the opening of Tommy's restaurant and bar, enjoying a fairly spectacular night out with some mates when he got a call telling him the car he had just borrowed $8000 to buy was about to go under water at South Lismore.

Elliott walked home through the pouring winter rain to get his keys and then to his car to join the exodus of South Lismore residents driving over the Ballina Street Bridge to high ground.

The only problem was Elliott's night out had involved some heavy drinking.

By the time he got behind the wheel his blood alcohol level was at 0.20 - high enough to land him in strife even if Elliott, then 18, was not on his red Ps.

The drive over the bridge didn't go so well either. Drunk and navigating through heavy rain and heavy traffic, Elliott crashed into the median strip, blocking part of the road and drawing the attention of police. …

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