A PECKISH man more than twice the legal drink drive limit ploughed his father’s van into three other cars after he got behind the wheel to go and get something to eat, a court heard.
Callum Ryan, of Chamberlain Crescent, was arrested after he was involved in a collision on Madams Hill Road, in the early hours of July 28. A breathalyser test revealed Ryan had consumed 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, where the legal limit is 35mg.
Police investigations also revealed the 20-year-old didn’t have a licence or insurance and had taken the van without his father’s consent.
Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said Ryan had used the vehicle to go to Tesco to buy food after drinking 12 pints of lager. He added: “[Ryan’s] father returned home to find his van and keys missing. By this time the defendant had already been involved in a road traffic collision. Three vehicles had been damaged as a result.
“The defendant said he had used the car to go out and buy some food after he had been drinking. He said he recalled hitting two of the cars.”
Ryan, who was representing himself at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday, pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent, drink driving and driving without an appropriate licence or insurance policy. He was disqualified from driving for 22 months, told to pay £379 in compensation and 100 costs.