Drinker in moped crash

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A provisional licence holder drank four or five pints before crashing his moped into a parked Honda car.

Simon Tough (46) was on his way from Mulberry’s Bar to his home Horseshoe Road, Spalding, when the accident happened as he turned into Parkway at about 10.50pm on April 19.

A witness spoke to Tough and then reported the incident to police, Spalding magistrates heard.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police attended Tough’s home at about 11.15pm and a test later showed he had 77 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – more than double the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Miss Ritson said Tough told police he had drunk four or five pints that night.

He said he hit the parked car on a side road because he turned too sharply, couldn’t see any damage and rode on, intending to “sort things out the next day”.

Miss Ritson said: “He didn’t leave a note or knock on the door but he remembers someone stopping another car and asking if he was all right.”

Tough, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, was banned from driving for 20 months but can cut five months off the ban if he attends a rehabilitation course.

He was fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The prosecution withdrew a charge of failing to stop and give a name and address after an accident.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said: “The irony is that Mr Tough rarely drinks, only at Christmas.”

He went into the bar and had a non-alcoholic drink, but then thought he would have some alcohol.

She said Tough had been under a lot of stress, was made redundant last year and had been in and out of work.

“Things got too much for him that night and he had a drink and decided to drive the relatively short distance home,” Mrs Toal said.