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Drunk driver spotted by neighbour hitting friend's car, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.

A DRUNK driver who was spotted by his neighbour hitting another car and driving off has lost his licence.

A DRUNK driver who was spotted by his neighbour hitting another car and driving off has lost his licence.

Dean Ismay, of Hawksworth Crescent, Chelmsley Wood, was manoeuvring his car on Henbury Drive when he scraped another vehicle parked on the roadside, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

The 48-year-old was approached by his neighbour after she saw him drive from the scene, prosecutor Fiona Davis told magistrates.

“[The neighbour] knew the car that was hit belonged to her friend and she also recognised the driver. She asked Mr Ismay if he was going to exchange details with the driver of the other car. Mr Ismay then got out of his car and grabbed onto the fence as if to steady himself. The defendant appeared drunk and the neighbour phoned the police,” Ms Davis added.

A breath test revealed Ismay was more than three times over the legal drink drive limit.

Ismay initially pleaded not guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident and was found guilty following a trial. He pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

His solicitor said his client, who has financial problems, did not realise he had collided with another vehicle.

He was banned from driving for two years, told to carry out 80 hours unpaid work, placed under a supervision requirement and ordered to pay £620 costs.

 

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