Electronic tag and curfew for drink-driver who crashed car

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A MAN who took a vehicle without consent and crashed it while over the drink-drive limit has been sentenced to a six-month curfew and will be electronically tagged.

Christopher Briggs (25), formerly of Winsover Road, Spalding, appeared in court last Thursday for sentence on four offences.

He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to aggravated vehicle taking, driving with 81 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35mcgs – in Little London, Spalding, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence, on July 30.

At Thursday’s hearing magistrates were told the car was crashed into a fence and the cost of recovering and repairing the car was more than £3,000.

Magistrates made a community order with a 12-month supervision requirement.

He was also given a 7.30pm to 5.30am curfew and must remain at a house in Beech Close, Market Deeping, during those hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and at an address in Falcon Way, Sleaford, during those hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Briggs was banned from driving for 20 months for the excess alcohol offence and 12 months, to run concurrently, for the aggravated vehicle taking.

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

Magistrates ordered Briggs to pay £100 compensation to the owner of the stolen vehicle and £85 costs. He was given no separate penalty for driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.