12:02 Thursday 19 December 2013

Drink-driver chased after hitting parked car

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

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A DRINK-driver who hit a parked car in his inebriated state was chased by the vehicle’s owner before being brought to justice.

Mohammed Ali sped away from Thrift Road, Burton, after he hit the car, but the owner followed him and managed to track him down, Burton Magistrates’ Court has been told.

The man brought the 20-year-old back to his home to show him the damage he had caused, and he was later arrested there by police.

Yesterday, prosecutor Emma Thompson told the bench the man was in his house when he heard the sound of a car reversing at speed and then a loud bang.

“He looked out of the window and saw this defendant had collided with his stationery vehcile on his drive.

“He left the scene, but the injuried party drove after him and brought him to a stop on Pershore Drive.

“He spoke with the defendant, who came back to the house with him and saw the significant amount of damage he caused,” she added.

Following his arrest, he was found to have 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit for driving is 35.

Defending, Ash Ahmed said Ali had not intended to drive that evening, but circumstances had conspired against him.

“He was drinking at his girlfriend’s house and had a call from a member of the family saying that a friend of his was in hospital, so he left to drive to the hospital.

“He had no plan to go out on the night in question and drive, given that he had been drinking,” he told magistrates.

Ali admitted drink-driving when he appeared before magistrates, putting himself in breach of a suspended sentence imposed in April, when he pleaded guilty to possessing a knife.

But magistrates decided not to activate it for this offence, as probation staff said he had been progressing well on orders connected to the sentence.

Instead, he was fined £125 and told to pay a £20 surchange and £85 costs.

He has also been banned from driving for 20 months.

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