Churned up lawn with car after drinking

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court
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A man who reversed his car onto someone’s lawn and then churned up the turf trying to get out, had been drinking beer and spirits while watching a rugby match at a friend’s house, a court has heard.

Daniel Lee Beeken (39), of Campains Lane, Deeping St Nicholas, admitted driving with excess alcohol and causing damage to a lawn and garden, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said the house owner, Stephen Cropley, called the police at 11.10pm on February 11 when he saw a BMW car on his lawn at Edinburgh Walk, West Pinchbeck.

He told officers the car was stuck on the lawn and was revving up, churning up the grass and that the driver only gave up when smoke started coming out of the engine.

Ms Stace said Beeken told officers that he had drunk cans of beer and spirits and after a positive breath test, he was arrested, giving a reading of 89 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He told officers he had been at a friend’s house watching the rugby and did not feel drunk when he set off for home.

She said he told them he had pulled into a cul de sac to make a phone call and had then reversed and gone into the garden and got stuck.

The magistrates adjourned the case until March 26 for a report from the Probation Service and gave Beeken an interim driving ban until that date.