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Night of drinking ended in early morning crash
A MAN who crashed into a parked car causing “severe” damage after driving at nearly three times the legal drink-drive limit has been banned for three years.
Neal Love, aged 23, of Kenwood Avenue, off Tolladine Road, Worcester, was caught driving with 100mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mcg – in the early hours of Friday, January 11 following a night out in Worcester.
He was also caught driving without insurance and pleaded guilty to both charges when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court.
Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said officers had seen the green Volkswagen Polo being driven erratically and “at speed” and followed it into Flag Meadow Walk.
She said: “It collided with a parked and unattended vehicle which caused severe damaged to the back of the vehicle and causing it to move 10 metres. The defendant climbed over to the passenger seat and tried to push the officer away, as if to flee.
“He had a fresh cut to his head and was bleeding.”
Miss Lovegrove said the car’s registered keeper was Love’s sister, who had given him permission to drive it believing he was covered on insurance. Love told police he had been out drinking but denied he had been driving the car, claiming it was someone else. Miss Lovegrove said he had obstructed police throughout by answering questions incorrectly. He also had two previous convictions for failing to stop after an accident.
Angela Woolnough, defending, said Love had been out with his sister on Thursday, January 10, who had driven them into the city centre.
After spending “some time” in a bar, his sister went home while Love went on to a nightclub until about 3am. Ms Woolnough said: “He then made what he now realises was a reckless decision to drive his sister’s car and now bears the financial consequences.” She said as a result of the incident, Love had lost his job and his own vehicle.
For driving with excess alcohol, Love was given a 12- month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 36 months.
For driving without insurance, he was fined £100.
He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.