Drink-driver hit telegraph pole

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A drink-driver hit a telegraph pole in his Mazda and owned up to being the driver when police arrived.

Daniel Atkin (28), of Iron Bar Drove, Spalding, was ten microgrammes over the legal limit of 35 when tested at the police station.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said he then gave blood and the reading was 98 milligrammes – 18 over the legal limit – in a 100 millilitre sample.

Mr Clare said police attended the collision scene on Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, late on the evening of August 27.

There was acceptance at the roadside by Atkin to being the driver – police had not actually witnessed him driving.

Mr Clare told magistrates: “This could have been a much more long, drawn out process but for that acceptance.”

Atkin was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

He can cut three months off the ban by completing a rehabilitation course.

Atkin pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Solicitor Mark Hudson, mitigating, said Atkin does not recall what happened with regard to the car going into the telegraph pole.

He said: “At the scene he accepted he was the driver. He didn’t have to do that but he did so.”