A DRUNK driver who went over a roundabout and crashed into road signs has been banned by magistrates from getting behind the wheel.

Terry Cooper-Haime admitted driving when he was twice the legal limit, when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court.

Nichola Ritchie told magistrates that police were called to a roundabout on the A38 in Wychbold - the junction for Webbs - as there had been a single vehicle car crash at 9pm on January 21.

Miss Ritchie said on arrival officers spoke to Cooper-Haime after he identified himself as the driver of the Renault Traffic van that had damaged the signs, admitting he had been driving too fast and missed the roundabout.

Paramedics also went to the scene, but after he was checked it was established Cooper-Haime had not been injured.

The 35-year-old was then asked to take a roadside breathalyser test which he failed, so officers took him to Worcester Police Station where he gave a reading of 102mcg, above the legal limit of 35mcg, which led to him being charged.

Defending himself Cooper-Haime explained he had been a delivery driver working for a firm delivering Amazon packages, who began demanding "more and more".

Cooper-Haime, of Causeway Green Road, Oldbury, said that day after working 15 hours he was told to drive back to a depo and pick up someone and, as he was fed up with the situation, this led to him drinking spirits and having the crash.

Cooper-Haime said: "I'm really sorry.

"It wasn't the best decision I've ever made."

A probation report found that in the lead up to the incident Cooper-Haine had become redundant from a previous job as a depo manager, and had suffered after splitting from his wife and seeing his three children less.

The report found that the drinking had been an isolated incident, and he was now out of work as a result of losing his job.

Sentencing him, chairman of the magistrates bench Brent Robertson said that he took on board the circumstances, but said it did not give him the right to drink and gamble with people's lives, calling it a "recipe for disaster.

Cooper-Haime was given a 12 month community order with 15 rehabilitation days and 150 hours unpaid work.

Cooper-Haime was also disqualified for 26 months, but offered the drink drive awareness course which if he successful completes within a certain period, will mean the ban period will be reduced by 25 per cent.

He was also ordered to pay £135 costs and a victim surcharge of £85 - a total of £220.

Cooper-Haime's offer to the court to pay at a rate of £20 a month was accepted, with Mr Robertson ordering him to make the first payment within 28 days.

The case was heard last Thursday.

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