A FORMER grade-A student has been banned from driving after writing off his parents’ car while more than twice the drink-drive limit.
Josh Mellor lost control of the Fiat Punto after deciding to drive after he had been drinking with friends, Burton Magistrates’ Court heard.
The 21-year-old law graduate, of Woosnam Close, Branston, was seen staggering from the car by police following the crash in Lichfield on June 14, in which nobody else was hurt.
He had 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The court was told that Mellor originally intended to stay at a friend’s house, but there was no answer when he knocked on his door.
He instead headed for his parents’ car, which he was also allowed to drive.
Charles Lawton, defending, said: “This has caused problems for his family. The car has been written off, it has cost them several thousand pounds. He has learned a lesson. He knows it could have been a lot worse.”
Mellor pleaded guilty to drink driving and was disqualified from driving for 22 months.
He was fined £150 and must also pay costs of £105.