A 25-YEAR-OLD man who drank seven pints before deciding to drive has been banned from the roads for more than two years.
Dominic Lester, of Mayfield Road, Winshill, crashed into a parked car before police were alerted to the accident and subsequently arrested him.
Lester appeared at Burton Magistrates&8217; Court yesterday and admitted being three-and-a-half times over the legal drink drive limit in Horninglow Street, Burton, on October 28.
He had been driving a Renault Clio when he crashed and after being taken to hospital as a precautionary measure a blood test revealed he had 272 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 microgrammes.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: &8220;It was just before 6pm when there was a road traffic collision involving this defendant and a parked car.
&8220;The defendant was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure where he provided a positive test and he was three-and-a-half times over the legal limit.
&8220;He has no previous conviction and no one was hurt.
&8220;In interview he told police he was in the Alfred pub, and had seven pints of normal strength beer and then decided to drive.&8221;
Magistrates adjourned the case for a pre sentence report which Lester was warned was an all-options report and included the possibility of a jail sentence.
After reading the prepared report, Doug Walton, defending Lester, told the court: &8220;His attitude in the report is that he has now seen the criminal justice procedure and it has had an effect on him and he doesn&8217;t want to repeat it.
&8220;He will keep his job on a part time basis as he is a driver for two days a week.
&8220;He is clearly a young man who had problems on that day.&8221;
Magistrates ordered Lester to complete a 12 month community order with supervision and 140 hours unpaid work. He will also complete the Drink Impaired Drivers&8217; Course, and is disqualified from driving for 28 months. He will also pay &163;85 court costs and a &163;60 victim surcharge.