Only ‘sheer luck’ prevented drink driver causing major accident in Bourne

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  • Defendant admits drink driving, driving dangerously and driving without a proper licence
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Only ‘sheer luck’ meant a drink driver did not cause a major accident when he was followed by police at speeds of up to 70mph through Bourne,

Michael Gutteridge (48), of Almond Court, Thurlby, admitted drink driving, driving dangerously and driving without a proper licence on August 14.

It was only sheer luck that his vehicle did not cause a collision

Prosecutor Jim Clare

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told Grantham magistrates that in the afternoon of August 14 a police officer saw Gutteridge’s Citroen pass him. The officer’s automatic registration recognition was alerted and he followed the car which accelerated.

Mr Clare said Gutteridge went through a red light, forcing another vehicle to take evasive action. He continued at 50mph in a 30mph zone, crossing the central white lines on a sharp bend. He then pulled in front of a lorry, causing it to turn sharply.

The court heard Gutteridge then drove at 70mph on Willoughby Road, another 30mph zone. He tried to overtake a vehicle on a blind bend, causing it to brake sharply. He nearly caused another collision at Northorpe.

Mr Clare said: “It was only sheer luck that his vehicle did not cause a collision.”

Gutteridge finally pulled over and gave a breath test which measured 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Stuart Wilde, mitigating, said Gutteridge was a full-time carer for his disabled wife. He asked for a probation report before sentencing.

Magistrates decided the case was serious enough to be sent to crown court for sentencing. They ordered a pre-sentence report and imposed an interim driving ban on Gutteridge until his crown court appearance, with unconditional bail.