15:56 Wednesday 02 January 2013

Driver downs seven pints but avoids jail time

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A 25-YEAR-OLD man who drank seven pints before deciding to drive has been banned from the roads for more than two years.

Burton Magistrates CourtDominic 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.

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