Drink-driver banned after leaving scene of BMWs crash

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Police arrested a drink-driver who walked away from a crash and found him at home with a bottle of whisky under his pillow.

Graham Pearce (45), of Reynolds Gardens, Moulton, had driven a BMW at High Road, Moulton, and was involved in an accident with a second BMW on May 22.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the driver of the second car removed the keys from Pearce’s vehicle.

Pearce asked for his keys back, but was refused, and then Pearce said he would pay cash to sort things out and walked away.

Police arrived and a member of the public told them where Pearce lived.

Miss Stace said police found Pearce in his bedroom.

He produced an opened bottle of whisky and said he had drunk some of it.

Miss Stace said it was calculated he would have had 93 microgrammes of alcohol in breath at the time he drove – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Pearce was banned from driving for 24 months in June for a drink-drive offence that happened two or three weeks after the Moulton incident.

On Thursday he was banned for three years, given 12 months supervision and ordered to attend a 14-session drink impaired drivers’ programme. He can cut nine months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

He must also pay £85 costs.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said: “He wasn’t trying to evade detection because he is the registered keeper of the vehicle that was left at the scene.

“The bottle of whisky was under the pillow that he was actually sleeping on when the police arrived.”