Drink-driving soldier hit postbox and cars

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A SOLDIER was over the drink-drive limit after he rowed with his heavily pregnant partner, went off in his car and hit a postbox and three parked vehicles.

Benjamin Stevens (23) left home in Waverley Close, Morton, in the early hours and drove to the village’s Station Road where he collided first with the postbox, a Fiat Stylo parked on a grass verge and then a Ford Focus and a Renault Kangoo van.

Spalding magistrates heard Stevens failed to stop and drove on to Morton Fen, where police arrested him.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said Stevens had been involved in an altercation with his partner.

In interview, Stevens said he drank four cans of Fosters lager and two “stubby bottles” of wine.

He had 54 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 19 mcgs above the legal limit.

Mr Johnson said Stevens told police he “wasn’t thinking clearly” after losing control of his vehicle on September 3.

Stevens was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £400 for driving with excess alcohol.

He was given a further £400 fine for failing to stop after an accident and no separate penalty for driving without due care and attention.

Stevens pleaded guilty to all three offences. He must also pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Magistrates offered him a chance to cut three months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said the soldier serving with The Royal Engineers had “a huge row” with his heavily pregnant partner who was due to give birth a few days after Thursday’s court hearing.

He has a medical problem and is deemed unfit for certain duties and has not been allowed to go abroad with his unit, which has been posted overseas.

Miss Stevens said her client wasn’t trying to evade detection after colliding with the cars.

She said: “He could not be more remorseful for what happened. He is deeply ashamed of his behaviour on that day.”

The court heard the case will affect Stevens’ Army career.