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Driving ban for man who drank beer at party on night before crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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A MAN who knocked back beer at a party has been banned from driving after being caught behind the wheel while more than twice the legal limit – the next afternoon.

Warehouse worker Kamil Neumann blew a reading of 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after being involved in a collision in Queen’s Street, Burton, on March 29. The legal alcohol limit is 35 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.

Probation officer Vicky Brake, who interviewed Neumann, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that he would ‘binge drink’ up to eight half-litre cans of lager twice a week.

She said: “His alcohol use is quite harmful to himself and his health.”

Neumann, 38, of Ordish Street, Burton, started drinking at 11pm the day before at a friend’s house, where he drank ‘a number of beers, but could not remember how many’, Ms Brake said.

The party went on into the early hours when Neumann left to walk home.

The court was told he did not get into his car until about 4pm the next day.

Ms Brake said Neumann felt ‘completely alert and sober’, despite the previous evening’s antics.

About 15 minutes later Neumann was involved in a collision which left dents and scrapes on a grey Toyota.

It was alleged that Neumann hit the car, which had stopped to allow him through a narrow gap, but he disputed this and said the other car hit his.

Afterwards, Neumann reversed into Uxbridge Street when the other driver removed Neumann’s keys and called the police.

Neumann represented himself in court and spoke through a Polish interpreter at the hearing.

He said: “I’m sorry it worked out like this. I apologise for what I have done.”

But he added that he was ‘not happy’ after being told he was banned for 36 months.

Presiding magistrate Kim Geering also ordered Neumann to complete a 12-month supervised community order, pay £145 in court costs, and complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

This would have been 130 hours if it had not been for his guilty plea.

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