Driver who drank double the limit crashes car

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AN ALFRETON motorist crashed into a garden wall after drinking more than double the legal limit, a court heard.

Daniel Hill, 24, then “panicked” and abandoned his Honda Civic but a witness called police and he was arrested near the scene of the accident. Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Hill’s car ran out of control in Market Street, South Normanton, at about 4am on April 22.

The vehicle mounted the pavement and damaged a garden wall and Hill was 600 yards away when police saw him. Hill, of Meadow Lane, Alfreton, went on to give a reading of 72mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs. “He said he misjudged a corner and went into the wall. Afterwards, he simply panicked and ran away,” added Mrs Griffiths.

Hill, a support worker, admitted drink driving. He had no previous convictions. Magistrates fined him £285, with £85 costs, and imposed a 17-month driving ban, to be cut to 13 months if he passes a rehabilitation course.