Double the limit drink-driver crashed into kerbs

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A drink-driver was home in his bedroom when police arrived to ask him about a single-vehicle crash in Long Sutton in the early hours of the morning.

Benjamin Leuty (23) hit a kerb and his Vauxhall Vectra bounced across the road to hit the other kerb, damaging his car tyres, on August 17.

Leuty, of Bells Bridge, Holbeach St Johns, had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in breath – 71 microgrammes – when tested at a police station.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, admitted to police who tested him that he hadn’t had a drink since the time of the accident.

Magistrates sitting at Grantham on Thursday banned Leuty from driving for 20 months, fined him £280 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £28 victim surcharge.

He can cut five months off the ban if he attends a rehabilitation course.

Leuty pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, for Leuty, said: “He is extremely embarrassed and ashamed to be before the court for this matter.

“He had gone to the pub with the full intention to leave his car there, but once he had some alcohol his judgement was clouded.”

Miss Stevens said he was honest with the police who called by saying he hadn’t had any more to drink since arriving home.