Drink-driver is hurt after causing crash

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A driver was more than twice the legal alcohol limit the day he crashed into the back of a stationary BMW – shunting that car into the back of a Vauxhall.

The man who caused the accident, Stephen Hill (34), was injured and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police found Hill slumped in the driver’s seat at the scene in Gedney Road, Long Sutton, on March 9.

Mr Clare said Hill made a full and frank admission to police that he was “very much in drink”.

Hill gave the causes of the crash as driving too fast and braking too late.

A sample taken at the hospital showed Hill had 193 milligrammes of alcohol in blood – the legal limit is 80mgs.

Solicitor Daven Naghen described the incident as “a bit of a wake-up call” for Hill.

Mr Naghen said: “All he can really put forward is that he had relationship problems and he had been drinking following these.”

District judge John Stobart, sitting at Grantham, banned Hill for driving for 20 months, but that can be cut by five months if he attends a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Hill, who is unemployed, was also fined £180 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Hill, of Peacock Court, Sutton Bridge, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.