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Burton drink-driver crashed work van after going to look for colleagues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

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A MAN who crashed a van belonging to his employer after a drunken night out in Burton has been handed a 12-month community order.

Ryan Gibb, 22, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving and driving without a licence or valid insurance during the early hours of July 11.

He said he had taken the work van, a Vauxhall Vivaro, after becoming separated from his colleagues during a night out in the town and had intended to go looking for them.

Magistrates were told how Gibb's boss, who had been drinking in the Lord Burton with other colleagues, returned to the Travelodge in Derby Street and noticed that the company vehicle was missing, along with a set of keys.

John Peel, prosecuting, said: "It was around four o'clock in the morning when Mr Gibb returned to the hotel and said he had damaged the vehicle.

"One of the tyres was flat and there was also damage to the front off side door. Police were called and he provided a positive sample of breath."

Gibb, who made full and frank admissions during interview, was found to have 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliletres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Michael Taylor told magistrates Gibb had already paid £350 in compensation to his former employer.

Magistrates handed Gibb, of Glassel Road, Glasgow, a community order for taking and damaging the van and driving while over the legal limit, and also ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also fined £300 for driving without a licence or insurance and disqualified from driving for 16 months. He must also pay costs of £145.

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