A 34-year-old traffic management worker who lost control of his car while still drunk from the night before, and careered down an embankment, has been banned from driving for fourteen months and been forced to step down from his job.
When arrested at the scene, Nicholas Baxter told police “If this gets out, I’ve got no job”.
Andy Wills, prosecuting, told Kirklees Magistrates that he lost control of his VW Scirocco just before 10am on September 7. He had been driving along Shelley’s Penistone Road when the car left the road and ended up at the bottom of an embankment.
A man working on a nearby house heard the crash and rushed across to see if anyone needed assistance.
“He went and saw the vehicle down the embankment, and there was smoke coming from the vehicle,” said Mr Wills.
“There were a number of packets of prescription drugs inside, and as he helped the defendant from the vehicle, he could smell some stale alcohol on him.”
The police and an ambulance were called, and Baxter tried to leave the scene of the accident; however, the police stopped him. He failed a roadside breath test and told the officers “If anything like this gets out, I’ve got no job. I hold my hands up, mate, I’ve done something stupid.”
The court heard that Baxter had consumed a significant amount of alcohol the previous night as well as taking two prescription sleeping tablets, in this case, diazepam. The next morning he got up to drive to the gym, which is when he lost control of the vehicle, damaging the front wheels. Mr Wills stated that the sleeping tablets most likely contributed further to the loss of control.
Baxter was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, and while there was found to have 50mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.
His job putting up temporary road signs is dependent on him having a full driving licence, and as such he has been forced to leave that role.
Magistrates also ordered him to pay a fine of £140, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge in addition to the ban.
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