Motorist hit street lamp, another car, speed limit sign and telegraph pole before stopping

Court news.
Court news.

A 60-year-old motorist hit a street lamp, reversed into another car, then knocked over a speed limit sign and hit a telegraph pole before finally stopping a mile away, a court has been told.

Douglas Anderson of Long Hedges, Fishtoft, admitted driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after an accident, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that when he was turning right off the A52 Wainfleet Road onto Willoughby Hills at 7.30pm on September 5, Anderson, who was driving a Nissan Qasqai, hit a street lamp knocking it down.

He said Anderson then reversed into an Audi car that was behind him before driving off, knocking down a speed limit sign in the process before hitting a telegraph pole about a mile away when he stopped and parked, where police found him.

Mr Clare said Anderson was given a roadside breathalyser test which gave a reading of 135 (legal limit 35) but was taken to hospital where, three hours after the incident, he gave a blood test which gave a reading of 246 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than three times the legal limit of 80.

In mitigation, Helen Coney said Anderson had no previous convictions and had shown remorse.

The Probation Service reported that Anderson had said he had drunk the day before with friends and had had three or four cans of beer on the day of the offence, although usually he rarely drank.

He said his health prevented him undertaking unpaid work or observing a curfew.

Banning him from driving for 28 months, the magistrates told Anderson he had put himself and other road users ‘at great risk’.

He was offered a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by 28 weeks and was fined £335 with £119 in costs and charges.