Prank backfires at works party

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TWO men were over the drink-drive limit when they decided to move a mate’s car to another parking space as a prank at the works “Christmas do”, Spalding magistrates heard.

Provisional licence holder Liam Martin (18), of Halmer Gate, Spalding, was driving circuits in Springfields car park on December 10 and the screeching of tyres woke someone staying at the Travelodge.

Rebecca Ritson said the guest saw the Citroen Saxo hit a kerb.

Wayne Clark (22) – who had been videoing the action – climbed into the driver’s seat, but the car wouldn’t move because a wheel was damaged.

Martin pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in blood. Magistrates heard he was just seven milligrammes over the legal limit of 80.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £160 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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

He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance but received no separate penalty.

Solicitor Gordon Holt, mitigating, said: “Initially, the intention was to move it from one space to another and then in the morning have a big laugh when the chap couldn’t find his car.”

Mr Holt said Martin had never been in court before. He had already paid for the car damage.

He said: “One of the police officers said to his mother he had never seen a detainee so remorseful and upset.”

Martin hoped to become a lorry driver and the conviction would harm his career.

Solicitor Ann Whinyates asked magistrates to use discretion in Wayne Clark’s case because he pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle, but hadn’t moved it, and needed his car to get to work in Pinchbeck.

He had 49 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 14 mcgs above the limit.

Clark, of Jubilee Grove, Sleaford, had his licence endorsed with ten points. He was fined £185 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.