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Motorist over 2½ times legal limit

A SOLIHULL motorist who crashed in the early hours of a Sunday morning was more than 2½ times the drink-drive limit, a court heard.

A SOLIHULL motorist who crashed in the early hours of a Sunday morning was more than 2½ times the drink-drive limit, a court heard.

Jordan Alexander Farrell’s Suzuki Swift ended up in a ditch in Maxstoke Lane, Meriden, and was extensively damaged, said prosecutor Steve Parish.

Farrell, who had a deep laceration to his arm, flagged down an ambulance about 200 yards away and was taken to Heartlands Hospital, where 17 stitches were inserted in the wound. The self-employed bricklayer, of Rowan Way, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty before Nuneaton magistrates on Tuesday to driving with excess alcohol on April 17.

He had 93 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 58mc over the legal limit.

Solicitor Colin Charville, mitigating for Farrell, said his client had been to a wedding reception at the Forest of Arden Hotel.

“He had travelled there with his sister. She left by taxi to go to Birmingham. He said it had been his intention to take a taxi as well.”

Farrell did not know why he drove “but clearly he did.”

Mr Charville said Farrell worked as a bricklayer with his cousin and his father, in an area including Leicester and Market Drayton, and was also a part-time barman.

“He has been driving for six years and has no previous driving convictions,’’ he added.

“He is in extremely difficult circumstances in terms of his potential loss of income. He will have to give up being a barman.” Magistrates sentenced Farrell to a 12-month community order, with 80 hours of unpaid work – known as Community Payback – and banned him from driving for 23 months. He was told to pay £85 costs.

The driving disqualification will be reduced by 23 weeks if he completes a driver rehabilitation course by August 15, 2012.

Barry Medhurst, presiding, told him: “It was a high reading.

“A road accident occurred and there could have been damage caused to other road-users.”

 

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