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Market Deeping man crashed car after drinking following marriage break-up

A court heard how a man who gave his car keys to bar staff because he was going to drink as he was upset, later got the keys back, drove home and hit a roundabout on the way.

Daniel Searby (32) of Allen Close, Market Deeping, but who was living at Haywain Drive, Deeping St Nicholas at the time, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court yesterday (Weds, September 27).

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said that at 10.02pm on August 27, police attended a collision at Market Place, Market Deeping, where Searby had failed to negotiate a roundabout in his BMW and collided with a bollard.

She said he gave a reading of 86 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35, and admitted drinking four or five pints of beer.

Boston Magistrates' Court (4183600)
Boston Magistrates' Court (4183600)

Mitigating, Andy Cave said Searby had now lost his job as a carpet fitter because he would be disqualified.

He said Searby was going through a marital breakup which he didn't want and had been very upset about it, particularly as he and his wife had just gone to a wedding weekend where they had maintained the illusion that they were still together.

“When he got home he felt very bad,” said Mr Cave, “so he went to the pub, gave his keys to the bar staff and said he was going to have some drinks and would walk the mile and a half home.”

However, Mr Cave said the staff gave him the keys back and he drove the car.

Court Register (4365739)
Court Register (4365739)

Searby was banned from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 20 weeks.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges.

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