Drink-driver brought to justice by Courts

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THE Court family at Whaplode played a part in catching a drink-driver after he hit their garden gatepost and it snapped, scratching the family car.

The family were watching TV when they heard a loud bang.

Mr Court Jnr went outside, saw the car heading off, and Mr Court Snr followed the driver, Paul McDonald, to his home in Welbourne Lane West, Holbeach.

McDonald offered to put right the damage when challenged by Mr Court.

Police later tested McDonald and he had 44 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – nine over the legal limit.

McDonald pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.

He can cut three months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Beris Brickles, for McDonald, said the damaged car suffered only a minor scratch and McDonald went to the family the day after the accident and paid £80.

He said McDonald had been to a friend’s house but had to do a U-turn in the road and go back to his friend’s when he realised he had left something behind.

Mr Brickles said McDonald at the time thought he had collided with the hedge only.

The prosecution withdrew a charge of failing to stop after an accident.