Drink-driver fled crash scene in a panic

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Panic caused a man to drive off after he crashed his car on the way home from a night out – when he knew he was over the drink-drive limit.

Lee Harrison believed he may also have been concussed when he fled the scene of an accident on Wyberton’s Five House Lane, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told.

When police eventually caught up with him, he was found to be 57 units over the drink-drive limit, the bench also heard.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old admitted driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop following a road accident in the early hours of October 21.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the accident came to light after Harrison phoned his mum in a panic. She called the police, but when they arrived, along with an ambulance, they found nothing but crash debris.

Ms Stace told the court: “There were car parts scattered all over the screen. His mum was frightened for his safety.”

Harrison, of Matthew Flinders Way, was later tracked down at Pilgrim Hospital, where he gave an alcohol reading of 164 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107.

In mitigration, Carrie Simson said Harrison knew he was over the limit when he set out, but he needed to leave a friend’s house after an argument.

He was two miles into the four-mile journey home when he crashed into a grit bin.

Ms Simson added: “He doesn’t know why it happened, other than that he was under the influence. He was absolutely panic-stricken and says he may have been concussed.”

She added he would lose his job as a result of the mandatory disqualification.

Magistrates gave him a 14- month disqualification. He was also fined £280 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.