A man has appeared before magistrates in Poole on drink driving charges after crashing two cars in the early hours of the same morning.
He was caught following the second incident in which his car number plate fell off and was found by police.
Charles Nightingale, prosecuting, explained that the man had been to a friends house for drinks on the evening of May 25, and in the early hours of May 26 the defendant had taken a Mercedes, which was parked on the driveway of the property, without the owner’s consent.
Not long after taking the vehicle the man collided with a wall, causing damage to both the wall and the car.
“He then ran off, leaving the scene without reporting anything,” said Mr Nightingale.
A little later, the man returned to the house from which he had taken the Mercedes, this time driving his own car. The police had already been called by this point and, on spotting them, the man drove off.
He crashed once again, this time hitting a BMW with such force that he shunted it several feet along the road.
While this time he was still able to drive the car, his number plate had been dislodged and police used it to quickly track him down.
Officers breathalysed the man who yielded a result of 70mcg alcohol per 100ml breath – twice the legal drink driving limit of 35mcg.
Selina Goddard, mitigating, said that her client was “horrified to hear what he did.”
“He reflects how much worse it could have been. He realises it is more luck than judgement that no-one was hurt.”
Ms Goddard also told the court that the defendant had in fact been given permission to drive the Mercedes earlier that day, although admitted that this permission did not extend any further.
“He cannot remember a great deal about crashing into the wall,” she added, also noting that her client was struggling to cope with the breakdown of his marriage and simultaneous collapse of his business at the time of the incident.
After pleading guilty to drink driving, failing to stop, failing to report a road accident, and aggravated vehicle taking, Magistrates banned him from the roads for 22 months, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
The man was also handed a 12-month community order including 30 days of rehabilitation activity and 100 hours unpaid work.
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