A DRINK-DRIVER had downed six pints at a beer festival before he caused a crash in Burton, a court heard.
Dean Winter was more than two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit when he crashed his Mercedes SLK into another car in Wyggeston Street, Horninglow, on August 24.
The 34-year-old’s weekend, which had been spent guzzling alcohol at a beer festival, took a turn for the worse following the incident at about 10.30pm after which he was found to have 92 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
To make matters worse, Winter, of Linton Heath, Linton, was not insured to drive the car and had also got out it following the crash, having been arrested a short distance away near a canal.
The warning signs had already been there before the crash with the police alerted to Winter’s dangerous driving in Tutbury Road.
No one was injured in the accident, although the other car involved suffered minor damage.
Karen Walton, prosecuting at Burton Magistrates’ Court, said: “A call was received by the police about a car driving all over the road along Tutbury Road.
“There was then a further call received saying the car had caused a traffic collision in Wyggeston Street. People at the scene said the driver had left the scene and ran off.”
Sukhi Ark, defending said that it was never Winter’s intention to drive home from the festival, but he had been informed of a ‘family emergency’.
He said: “Mr Winter accepts he went to this festival and concedes that he drank alcohol. But he intended to stay over - he had a tent. He didn’t intend to return to Burton, but he did for a family emergency,
“The distance he moved away was no more than 10 metres. He walked away, broke down, then returned to the car.”
Winter pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance.
The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.