Driver drank up to 30 pints

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Learner driver Mark Greaves crashed into two parked cars after downing up to 30 pints of lager, a court has heard.

The late-night prang awoke the owners of the vehicles on Heath Road, Ripley, who then had postman Greaves knocking on their doors to apologise.

Magistrates in Derby 
imposed a three-year driving ban on Greaves, 26, of Kitson Avenue, Jacksdale.

He admitted drink-driving at 4.40am on April 7, having no insurance and being in breach of his licence.

Peter Bettany, prosecuting, told magistrates that tests showed Greaves had 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Mr Bettany told the court: “He said he had been drinking heavily, had between 20 and 30 pints of lager and had been drinking a quantity of spirits.

“He accepted he was 
extremely drunk and 
accepted he had not passed the driving test and had only a provisional licence.”

Stephen Burdon, defending Greaves, told the court that his client immediately said sorry to the owners of the damaged vehicles after the crash.

On the night of the 
accident, he had allowed a friend to drive his car into Ripley. But the other man left him when he was admitted to a club and Greaves was refused entry.

“He gave him his car keys back and Mr Greaves trawled through Ripley because he could not remember where the car had been parked.

“It took him a couple of hours before he could find the vehicle,” Mr Burdon told the court.

He only drove a few metres when the accident took place and did not attempt to drive any farther, added Mr Burdon.

Greaves was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work, pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 government surcharge.

Presiding magistrate Celia Cox told him:”We have considered custody.”