A man has been banned from the roads after crashing his new car four times in 100 yards because he was four times the legal drink driving limit.
The 39-year-old, from Leicester, had purchased the car the day before and was, ironically, moving it to a safer parking spot from where the previous owner had left it. However, while attempting to move the Vauxhall Astra, he collided with four other parked vehicles.
Kwok Wan, prosecuting, told Magistrates in Leicester: “Police were called at about 6.40pm to a report of a suspected drink driver on Asfordby Street.
“Members of the public had contacted the police saying they were at home when they heard loud bangs.
“When they went outside, they saw a Vauxhall Astra that had collided with four parked vehicles.
“When oﬃcers arrived they saw the defendant standing outside his car. They were immediately able to smell alcohol on him.
“They carried out a roadside breath test which was positive at 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.
“At the station, further tests were taken with the lowest of the two being 143 microgrammes – more than four times the legal limit.
“It would appear the alcohol was still working its way into his system.”
Mr Wan said the defendant told police he had consumed three miniature vodkas between 10am and 4pm.
“He said he had bought the car the day before,” continued Mr Wan.
“The man he bought it from parked it.
“He wanted to park it in a different place, a safe place, 100 yards away. He attempted to do that and hit the parked cars.”
Mitigating, Ahmed Khan told the court that the man was the sole carer for his mother and elderly grandmother.
“What he has done is very stupid indeed,” said Mr Khan.
“He put himself and others at risk but thankfully no-one was injured.
“He would like to apologise to the court and is full of remorse.”
Chairman of the bench Alison Chick echoed the statement, saying: “This was very foolish.”
“This is very high reading and you would have been sent to prison for 12 weeks, but because you are a carer and of previous good character, I will suspend the sentence for one year.”
After pleading guilty to drink driving, in addition to the suspended sentence, Magistrates banned the man from driving for three years and ordered him to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 costs, and a £115 victim surcharge.
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