Spalding drink-driver crashed pal’s Porsche

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BORROWING a pal’s Porsche was costly for Adam Baggott as he pranged the car and was arrested for drink-driving.

The car owner, Justin Hoffman, landed in hot water too because he initially lied to police and said he had been driving, Spalding magistrates heard.

Baggott (29), of High Street, Spalding, admitted driving with excess alcohol in urine - he had 156 milligrammes in a sample and the legal limit is 107.

He was banned from driving for a year, fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.

Magistrates said he could cut the ban by a quarter by completing a rehabilitation course.

Baggott admitted driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance. His licence was endorsed on the insurance offence.

Hoffman (33), also of High Street, pleaded guilty to obstructing police and to permitting the car to be driven without insurance.

Hoffman was fined £400 for the insurance offence with an order for £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. His licence was endorsed with six points.

Magistrates imposed no separate penalty for the obstruct police matter.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police were given a description of the driver after the Porsche hit a road sign on December 5.

When Baggott and Hoffman were questioned, Hoffman claimed he was driving but later admitted lying to “protect his friend”.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Baggott last had a drink 11 hours before the accident and believed he was safe to drive.

He said Hoffman soon admitted the truth after first saying he had been driving.

Mr Alexander said Baggott had already paid a considerable amount to repair his friend’s car.