Man deliberately plunged car into river

Police look down at the car which was driven into the river off London Road.
Police look down at the car which was driven into the river off London Road.

POLICE divers were forced to plunge into the River Haven after a man drove his car into the water when he was over the limit.

Gareth Nolan, of Woad Farm Road, was found by emergency services clinging to a rope in the water in the early hours of Thursday morning - the Citroen Saxo he had been driving, which he had bought for his wife as a Christmas present, had sunk into the depths of the river.

The 27-year-old told rescuers he had been alone in the car, but later told police he had been the passenger, prompting police to send a diving team down to check.

Nolan was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and later charged with driving with excess alcohol, and without a driving licence or insurance.

A breath test revealed he had 85 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 mililitres of breath, 50 unites above the legal limit.

When he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court on Friday, it was revealed Nolan left a message on his Blackberry saying: “I said I was going to do it and I’m going to do it.”

The court was told he had been in ‘a poor state of mind’ and had been drinking with friends on Wednesday night. During the evening, he had taken a bottle of vodka into the bathroom and shaved his head. He later took the car and drove to the river after striking another

Gordon Holt, defending, said Nolan had a family history of mental health problems. His mother and grandmother had both committed suicide, and the anniversary of the former’s death had recently passed.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and sentencing was deferred for two months to examine the effects of a probation order he is currently under.