A 22-year-old bank worker has been banned from the roads for 26 months after writing off his brand new car in a drink driving accident.
The man had a night out with ‘old friends’ and, after getting the train to his home station, decided to drive his six-week-old VW Golf home because he didn’t want to leave it at the station overnight.
Manchester Magistrates Court heard that he returned to Littleborough with his parents, with whom he lives, on July 15 after five pints of lager. While they made their own way home, he decided against getting a taxi.
The man collided with another vehicle on the A6033 Todmorden Road at around 10pm.
David Morgan, prosecuting, said: “His car ended up horizontal in the road.
“The defendant was unable to provide a breath sample at the scene and was taken into custody, where he provided a sample of 95mcg of alcohol.”
The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg alcohol per 100ml breath.
Mitigating, Lindsay Brown told the court: “The defendant had been in Manchester centre with his parents.
“They had driven their vehicles to their local train station and caught the train into Manchester.
“He said he consumed five pints of lager whilst out and came back with his parents to Littleborough station.
“He and his parents went their separate ways and the defendant made the decision to drive his car the short distance home.
“An animal ran into the road and as he swerved to avoid it, the collision occurred.”
A representative from the probation service said that the man simply got “carried away”.
“He recognises an error of judgement and says if the animal didn’t run into the road the accident would have been avoided,” they added.
“He said he didn’t feel drunk at the time of driving.
“The defendant says he was reluctant to leave his vehicle near the station overnight as he had only owned the car for six weeks.
“He said it was a ‘freak decision’.”
JP Tracy Kealy said: “You are a very lucky man to be standing here and that your parents were not identifying your body in a morgue.
“Hopefully you will never put yourself – or anybody else – in that position again.”
After pleading guilty to drink driving, the man was banned from driving for 26 months, ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay a fine of £170.
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