Man swerved to miss a cat, crashed into a wall and lost licence for drink-driving

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Swerving into a wall to avoid running over a cat ended up costing a Boston motorist his driving licence.

When Josh Thomas Spiller avoided the feline in the early hours of October 28, he could do nothing about his Honda Civic hitting a wall along Boston’s Rowley Road.

And when police arrived at the scene they breathalysed the 22-year-old -and discovered he was over the drink-drive limit.

On Wednesday, Spiller was handed a 12-month ban from the roads when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

He was also ordered to pay out a total of £360, within seven days.

Prosecutor Rebecca Ritson told the court the incident took place at around 3.30am.

“A cat ran out in front of him, and to avoid it he smashed into a wall,” she said.

“He told officers he’d had one drink, about one hour previously.”

Spiller, of Riverside, Boston, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

He gave a reading of 54 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.The legal limit is 35mcg.

Liz Hart, defending Spiller, said her client had had several drinks earlier on.

But they were staggered and he didn’t realise he would be over the limit.

“As the reading shows, this will by no means be the highest the court has ever seen for this offence,” she said.

“He is extremely sorry and had no idea the amount he had drunk would be sufficient for him to be over the limit. It was a complete miscalculation.”

As well as receiving his year-long ban, Spiller was fined £250.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 court costs and the £25 victim surcharge.

The court was told that the defendant was employed, although his job was not stated, and he would be able to pay his fine within a week’s time.