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Drink Driver Crashes New Car Four Times, Receives Ban

A 39-year-old man has been banned from driving after being caught drink driving and crashing his new car four times in 100 yards.

The Leicester man was moving his new car to a better parking spot after the seller parked it too far down the road. While attempting to move it 100 yards to nearer his home, at four times the legal limit, he collided with four parked cars.

Prosecuting, Kwok Wan explained: “Police were called at about 6.40pm to a report of a suspected drink driver on Asfordby Street.

“Members of the public had contacted the police saying they were at home when they heard loud bangs.

“When they went outside, they saw a Vauxhall Astra that had collided with four parked vehicles.

“When officers arrived they saw the defendant standing outside his car. They were immediately able to smell alcohol on him.

“They carried out a roadside breath test which was positive at 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

“At the station, further tests were taken with the lowest of the two being 143 microgrammes – more than four times the legal limit.
“It would appear the alcohol was still working its way into his system.”

“He said he had bought the car the day before,” continued Mr Wan.

“The man he bought it from parked it.

“He wanted to park it in a different place, a safe place, 100 yards away. He attempted to do that and hit the parked cars.”

According to Mr Wan, the defendant told police he had drunk three miniature vodkas between 10am and 4pm.

Ahmed Khan, mitigating, told Magistrates in Leicester that the man was the sole carer for his elderly grandmother and mother.

Mr Khan said: “What he has done is very stupid indeed.

“He put himself and others at risk but thankfully no-one was injured.

“He would like to apologise to the court and is full of remorse.”

Alison Chick, Chairman of the Bench, said: “This was very foolish.

“This is very high reading and you would have been sent to prison for 12 weeks, but because you are a carer and of previous good character, I will suspend the sentence for one year.”

The man pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and, in addition to the suspended 12-week sentence, was banned from driving for three years. He must also undertake 100 hours unpaid work, pay £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

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Eighteen-Month Ban For Drug Driving Pensioner

A pensioner has been banned from the roads after being caught drug driving at more than six times the legal limit for cocaine, and was found with five grams of the drug in his possession.

Norwich Magistrates heard that police initially pulled him over at 9.45am, believing his car to not hold a valid MOT.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said: “When he was spoken to, officers thought he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and at the roadside tested positive for cannabis and cocaine. Also seized was a bag of white powder which was 4.7 grams of cocaine with a street value of just over £200.”

The 68-year-old, who was convicted last February for producing cannabis, was found to be six-and-a-half times the limit for cocaine and also over the limit for cannabis.

James Burrow, speaking in mitigation, told the court that a driving ban would have a “knock-on effect” on the man’s daughter – due to a heart condition and a pacemaker she relied on her father for transport.

Mr Burrows continued: “He is a retired gentleman,”

“In terms of his drug usage, he candidly tells me cannabis is something he has used for the vast part of his adult life, assisting him in more recent years with his joint pains.

“With regard to the cocaine he tells me he was introduced to this drug a few months ago, getting in with the wrong crowd and wrong people who recommended he try it. He tells me the arrest for drug driving was the kick that he needed to move himself away from misusing that drug.”

He described the stop as a”deeply costly experience” for his client, as it turned out he actually did have a valid MOT after all.

In a pre-sentence report presented to the court, the probation service said the man justified his drug driving by saying “everyone does it, but just hasn’t been caught yet”.

They added that he had continued to use cannabis and “had no intention to stop”.

Magistrates banned him from driving for 18 months, imposed a fine of £240 for drug driving, £145 for possession, costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £80.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Banker Writes Off New Car And Gets 26-Month Ban After Drink Driving Accident

A 22-year-old man who went for a night out with “old friends” has been disqualified for 26 months after writing off his car when drink driving on his way home.

The finance worker parked his car at his local station to get the train to Manchester, but on returning on the train with his parents after drinks he decided to drive home rather than get a taxi with them. He said he didn’t want to leave his six-week-old VW Gold there overnight.

Magistrates in Manchester heard that he collided with another vehicle on the A6033 Todmorden Road at around 10pm having drunk five pints of lager.

Prosecuting, David Morgan told the court: “His car ended up horizontal in the road.

“The defendant was unable to provide a breath sample at the scene and was taken into custody, where he provided a sample of 95mcg of alcohol.”

The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg alcohol per 100ml breath.

Lindsay Brown, mitigating, explained: “The defendant had been in Manchester centre with his parents.

“They had driven their vehicles to their local train station and caught the train into Manchester.

“He said he consumed five pints of lager whilst out and came back with his parents to Littleborough station.

“He and his parents went their separate ways and the defendant made the decision to drive his car the short distance home.

“An animal ran into the road and as he swerved to avoid it, the collision occurred.”

A probation service reports stated that the man got “carried away”.

“He recognises an error of judgement and says if the animal didn’t run into the road the accident would have been avoided,” they added.

“He said he didn’t feel drunk at the time of driving.

“The defendant says he was reluctant to leave his vehicle near the station overnight as he had only owned the car for six weeks.

“He said it was a ‘freak decision’.”

JP Tracy Kealy told him: “You are a very lucky man to be standing here and that your parents were not identifying your body in a morgue.

“Hopefully you will never put yourself – or anybody else – in that position again.”

The man pleaded guilty to drink driving and Magistrates banned him from the roads for 26 months, fined him £170, and ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

About Carl Millar

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Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Hundreds Caught Every Week Driving With Mobile Phone

Despite a crackdown by the government and police last year with new, stiffer penalties introduced, on average 500 people are still caught every week driving while using their mobile phone.

In the year to March 2017 – one year on from the introductino of harsher penalties – 26,000 people were caught driving while using their mobile phone, with 500 of them receiving an automatic ban as they had been driving for less than two years.

Since March 2016 drivers caught using a mobile behind the wheel face six points on their license and a fine of £200.

In 2016, 35 people were killed in accidents where the driver was found to be distracted by a mobile phone, according to figures from the Department for Transport.

Recently a learner driver received a jail sentence following an accident which seriously injured her half-sister. At the time of the accident, the driver was on a two-minute video call with a friend which left her so distracted that she failed even to brake before the collision. Her passenger suffered “life-changing injuries”.

West Mercia Police’s Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, Road Policing Lead for the National Police Chief’s Council, said that people were still very much underestimating the risk of driving while using a mobile phone.

Jesse Norman, Road Safety Minister, said, however, that the new penalties had “proven to be a strong deterrent”, despite the new figures. “Everyone has a role to play to encourage drivers to put their phone away and not use it at the wheel,” he said.

The RAC’s road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “Drivers really need to ask themselves what is so important that they must risk their life, and the lives of others, by using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drink Driver Loses Licence and Dream Career

A 28-year-old man has lost his chance at pursuing his dream job of becoming a firefighter after being convicted of drink driving and receiving an 18-month ban.

Magistrates in Burnley heard that the company director crashed while drink driving and had to be cut from the wreckage of his car by the very service he wished to join.

The accident occurred at around 2am on Saturday 15th April outside the Anchor Inn, Salterforth, and the man was rushed to hospital in Preston, thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

Blood tests revealed him to have 170mg alcohol per 100ml blood. The legal limit is 80mg. He suffered a broken jaw and a broken eye socket.

Speaking for the prosecution, Carl Gaffney explained that the defendant had expressed his shame and remorse in a letter to the court as he entered his guilty plea.

“He is shocked by his behaviour and he fully takes on board the seriousness of what he has done. The consequences of this will prove a real challenge in the future.”

Selina Akhtar, mitigating, said that her client, with no previous convictions, had been out drinking and watching the Grand National with friends.

He had originally intended to walk home, but for some reason instead decided to drive.

“Thankfully it was a quiet time of night,” she said, adding: “It could have been a lot worse.”

Ms Akhtar also added that her client had wanted to become a fireman, but his conviction for drink driving would prevent him from doing so, thus causing him a great deal of upset.

“He has not had a drink of alcohol since this incident,” she said.

After pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving with excess alcohol, Magistrates banned the man from driving for 18 months, fined him £368 and ordered him to pay £85 costs.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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NHS Drink Driver Banned Following Crash

A 49-year-old woman has appeared at Kirklees Magistrates Court after crashing into a wall while drink driving.

The defendant, who crashed into a wall in Liversedge on June 10, said she had been drinking more to escape her “volatile” husband.

A member of the public reported the woman to police after seeing her swerving across Huddersfield Road just after 11pm.

The court heard that the woman hit a grass verge and collided with a wall before reversing and continuing her journey. She then exited the vehicle and climbed over a wall.

Shortly thereafter police found the driver and arrested her after she failed a roadside breath test.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “When she was arrested a wine bottle with half a glass of wine still left over was found in the vehicle when it was searched.”

Following her arrest, further tests showed the NHS driver to have 121mcg alcohol per 100ml breath, against the legal drink driving limit of 35mcg.

She told the court that she had been drinking since 4pm and her memories of the accident were very vague.

Aubrey Sampson, mitigating, said that she had not previously had any trouble with the police or the courts, adding “Her relationship with her husband has recently not been very good.”

“He started taking steroids and that led to a change in mood which led to quite a volatile relationship.”

“She found she was drinking far too much and she knew she had a problem.

“On the day in question, an argument started between them. She took her vehicle and drove, and the rest is history.

“Since the offence, they have both realised they have problems in their lives. He has stopped taking steroids and she has not had a drink since.”

Chairwoman Kathryn Beney told her: “This was a very, very high reading and you could have gone to custody.

“You were involved in an accident which could have been much more serious than hitting a wall. I think you’ve realised the seriousness of this offence.”

Magistrates banned the woman from driving for 29 months after she pleaded guilty to drink driving. She was also issued a 12-month community order requiring 10 days rehabilitation, six months alcohol treatment, and 40 hours of unpaid work in addition to paying £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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High-Speed Chase Results In Drug-Driver Rammed Off Road

A drug-driver who was chased at speeds of up to 100mph through Leeds after failing to stop when ordered has been jailed for twelve months – to be added on top of a six-year sentence he is already serving.

Robert Williams sped away from police officers when they tried to pull him over on the M621 slip road.

Prosecutor Robert Galley told the court how, high on cannabis at the time, Williams re-joined the motorway at speed before exiting and running through a red light, as well as others as the three-mile chase progressed.

Video footage also shows him overtaking other vehicles at speed, driving on the wrong side of the road, and forcing a pedestrian to leap to safety as he attempted to escape police at speeds of up to 100mph, including doing 90mph in a 40mph zone.

The pursuit came to an end when a police car deliberately collided with Williams’ car as he attempted to drive down the exit ramp of the A64. The car spun and he was arrested when it came to a halt. He was also found in possession of cannabis.

Williams’ solicitor Alan Armbrister described it as “a truly awful piece of driving”.

Williams started a 6-year jail sentence in December last year after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering. He had previous convictions for possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of cocaine, and driving while disqualified.

At the time of the chase in October last year, he was on bail awaiting sentencing on those charges.

Williams pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failure to stop, driving with drugs over the prescribed limit, and possession of cannabis.

Judge Simon Phillips QC banned Williams from driving for two years in addition to adding a further 12-months to his jail term. He will need to take an extended retest in order to get behind the wheel legally again.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver Caught Using Mobile Phone At The Wheel

A man has been convicted of drug driving by Kirklees Magistrates after he was caught driving while using his mobile phone.

Police officers saw the motorist using his phone on February 20 in Dewsbury and pulled him over before noticing the smell of cannabis coming from his Audi.

Andy Willis told the court for the prosecution: “He initially caught the attention of police because he was using his mobile at the time.

“The defendant was invited into the back of the police vehicle and while speaking to him they could smell cannabis coming from him.”

The man was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after a roadside drug swipe showed the presence of the class B drug in his system.

Subsequent blood tests showed the driver, who appeared in court in 2016 on possession charges, to have more than 7mcg D9-THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – in his system. The legal limit is 2mcg.

Daniel Metcalfe, mitigating, explained that his client had been driving to see his daughter who was unwell.

“He had smoked cannabis in the morning and made the decision to drive the vehicle not feeling that he was impaired.

“The reason police were drawn to him was because he was fiddling with his mobile phone and not due to a poor standard of driving.”

The man pleaded guilty to drug driving and was banned from the roads for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver Loses License And Job After Conviction

A motorist has lost his driving license and his job after being convicted of drug driving at Chesterfield Magistrates Court – because he was stopped for having a broken light.

Officers stopped the 28-year-old man in Alfreton because of a defective light and, they suspected, he was driving without insurance.

Prosecuting, Sarah Haslam told the court: “He had joined the A38 northbound carriageway in Alfreton on March 13 in a VW Golf.

“There was a defective light and an error showed he had no insurance but it was later established there was insurance but after police stopped him they suspected he was under the influence of drugs.

“He failed a roadside test and gave a blood sample at the police station of 3.3mcg of cannabis in blood and the legal limit is 2mcg. So he was just over one-and-half times the legal limit.”

Defending the driver, John Wilford said: “It’s a lesson for him because it will have a great effect on him.”

“He accepts smoking cannabis and the only reason he does so is for a back problem.

“He had smoked in the early hours and did not realise it would still be in his system.”

Mr Wilford went on to explain that his client will lose his job as a heating engineer in anticipation of a driving ban.

“He’s very remorseful about what occurred and he understands what he has done is wrong and he’s got to take the consequences and make the most of the period he is to be disqualified for.”

After the man pleaded guilty to drug driving, Judge Andrew Davison described it as a sad incident, knowing the man would lose his employment.

Judge Davison banned the man from driving for 12 months and fined him £200 plus £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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Fine For Mobile Phone Driver Who Killed Pensioner

A woman who killed a pensioner while driving and on the phone to her boyfriend has been fined £500 at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

The 25-year-old woman was on a legal, hands-free call to her boyfriend at the time of the accident, and did not notice that 77-year-old Brian Croxon had stumbled and fallen on the road ahead.

The court heard that while the car in front swerved to avoid the pensioner, the defendant did not and drove over him thinking he was a bag of “rubbish” lying on the side of the road in Oldham.

Other motorists stopped to render aid to the man, however, the defendant only returned to the scene briefly before driving off again. It was later found that one of her headlights was not working properly.

Kevin Donnelly, prosecuting, told the court that at the time of the accident – around 11pm on December 8, 2017, the woman had been on the phone to her boyfriend on a legal, hands-free call lasting four minutes and 20 seconds. They had argued earlier in the day and deciding whether or not to meet.

Mr Donnelly said: “One of her dipped headlights was not working on the day of the incident and there’s evidence to suggest that it had not been working for about three weeks.

“At the time of the collision, she was in a conversation with somebody although she was using a car headset which is not unlawful.”

Mr Croxon was the former president of a brass band club and visited the Oldham club six nights a week. On the night in question, he arrived there just after 9pm and left a little under two hours later.

Witnesses saw him stumble on cobbles outside the club where he fell into the path of motorist Kelly Winstanley.

Mr Donelly went on to say: “Mr Croxton had three single whiskey and lemonades but did not seem to be drunk according to a member of staff.

“Miss Winstanley describes him as standing on a cobbled surface of the road and as she approached, something caused him to stumble into the road directly in front of her.

“Miss Winstanley’s instant reaction was to swerve to the right to avoid hitting him then swerved back into her own lane and she looked in her mirror and saw him motionless.

“Although something caused him to fall in the road, he was alive and what killed him was the impact of the defendant’s Ford Fiesta.

“The prosecution’s case is that [the defendant] did not swerve to avoid hitting Brian Croxon and did not brake to come to a halt.”

CCTV footage recovered as part of the investigation showed the defendant to be travelling under the speed limit of 30mph and approximately 100m behind the Citroen driven by Miss Winstanley.

“The stopping time is somewhere in the region of 11 seconds and Mr Croxon would have been visible to the defendant for about 10 seconds for a distance of about 100 metres,” explained Mr Donnelly.

“After the Citroen Picasso went past Mr Croxon, [the defendant] had an uninterrupted view of Mr Croxon.

“She did not immediately stop. She drove on to the next junction in the road and she turned around and came back to the scene of the collision but by the time she got back, a number of people were surrounding Brian Croxon. She did not stop, she drove past the scene slowly and then she drove on.

“If [she] had acted immediately to what she saw in the road, she would have brought her car to a halt in something like 4.5 seconds and that would have carried a distance of about 30 metres.”

In a statement, the woman said she had seen a “dark object in the road and was unable to move around it”.

During the trial, she admitted that she had been speaking to her boyfriend as she “wanted company” but denied claims that she was distracted by the call.

“We had been arguing because we hadn’t seen each other much lately and we were just deciding whether to see each other,” she told the court.

“We were planning to meet, so I set off to his house in Salford. We were just talking about his day and football.”

Confirming that she had indeed argued with her boyfriend earlier in the day, she said they had not done so while she was driving and on the phone. She also denied knowing that her passenger side headlight was faulty.

The court asked if she had realised Mr Croxon was lying in the road, to which she replied: “It didn’t look like a person – I thought it was rubbish.”

“What was going through my head was that I needed to avoid it, but it didn’t feel safe to swerve. The car on the other side of the road was obstructing me from doing a full swerve.”

“At the next junction, I turned around as I needed to know. I suspected that it was a person, but I didn’t know 100 per cent. I was so scared.

“I saw people and cars all together and I was petrified. I didn’t want to get out of the car, I didn’t know what to say.

“I stopped and put my hazards on, but when I looked over, I just thought that I couldn’t get out of the car. I have never been in trouble before.”

She added: “I was scared about a million things, not just one thing. What would happen to me? What would happen to my family?”

The defendant faced charges of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop following an accident. She pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to stop, and the jury cleared her of causing death by careless driving after three hours deliberation.

Following the verdict, she turned to Mr Croxon’s family in the public gallery and said “sorry”. They ignored her and left without comment.

Judge Bernadette Baxter told the woman: “I understand this has been an extremely stressful time for you and you are genuinely remorseful for not having stopped and reported the accident.

“I hope you understand just how dangerous that behaviour was.”

Judge Baxter fined the woman £500 and endorsed her license with eight penalty points.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

Contact Millars Solicitors