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Audi drink-driver in head-on smash following a party

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A 40-YEAR-OLD has been banned from the roads after crashing his company car into an oncoming vehicle that had swerved onto the pavement to try to avoid him.

Jeremy Fossett rammed his Audi A6 head-on into a Chevrolet in Station Road, Barton under Needwood at 1.50am on November 26.

Burton Magistrates’ Court heard Fossett briefly stopped to check if the other driver was OK before driving off.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said: “The victim saw headlights coming towards him at speed on his side of the road. He swerved up the pavement to try to miss him but the defendant followed and crashed straight into him.

“It caused extensive damage to both cars and the victim suffered whiplash injuries.

“The police were called and found Fossett nearby. They arrested him and he gave a positive breath test which read 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.” The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The defendant, who was not represented in court, told magistrates he was ‘sorry for making such a stupid mistake’.

He said: “I don’t dispute anything said by the prosecutor. I made a silly decision and now I’m paying for it.

“I had been at a party and I didn’t have any intentions of driving home.

“I did stop after the accident to check the man was OK and I did plan to return back to the scene with the documents for my car, as it actually belongs to my company.

“I work in Birmingham as a project manager and losing my licence would have a huge impact on me. I’m currently on a probation period and could be made redundant in February.

“I also have joint custody of my children and not having a car would make things very difficult in terms of getting them to school.

“I wish I could turn the clock back. I’m sorry.”

Fossett, of Park Road, Barton under Needwood, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was fined £400, reduced from £600, for his early admission. He was also ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

The defendant was also disqualified from driving for 14 months and was offered the drink-drive awareness course which, if completed, would reduce the ban by three months.

Fossett also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without due care, for which he was fined £265.

He received no separate penalty for failing to stop after an accident.

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