Young drink driver had ‘de­cided to chance it’

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

ADRIVER who drank five cans of lager crashed on his way home af­ter de­cid­ing to ‘chance it’, a court heard.

Luke McGinty was driv­ing his Audi A3 along Bacup Road in Water­foot at around 12.15am on Friday, March 9, when he crashed into a grass verge.

Prose­cu­tor Andrew Robin­son told Burnley Mag­is­trates Court how the 23-year-old stayed at the scene and called po­lice to re­port the col­li­sion.

McGinty was breathalised when of­fi­cers ar­rived and gave a read­ing of 58mg in 100ml - the le­gal limit is 35mg. The court heard how was ar­rested and for­mally in­ter­viewed by po­lice the next day.

Mr Robin­son said the de­fen­dant told of­fi­cers that he had drunk five cans of lager in a pub and ‘thought he might have been over the limit but said he would chance it’.

He said: “[McGinty] ac­cepts he had per­haps been go­ing too fast and the road was slippy and it re­sulted in him hav­ing the ac­ci­dent.

“He called the po­lice one minute af­ter the col­li­sion be­cause he felt his car was in a dan­ger­ous po­si­tion.”

The court heard how noone else was in the car and no other ve­hi­cles were in­volved.

McGinty, of Hightown Road, Whitewell Bot­tom, pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing and was banned for 16 months, re­duced by 16 weeks if he com­pletes a course ap­proved by the sec­re­tary of state. He was also fined £253 and or­dered to pay £85 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Jeremy Frain, de­fend­ing, said the of­fence is ‘to­tally out of char­ac­ter’ and he de­served full credit for his early guilty plea.

He said: “He fully co­op­er­ated with the po­lice. With­out prompt­ing he con­firmed that he had been drink­ing prior to the crash and had not con­sumed any al­co­hol since. He felt his car could cause a dan­ger to other road users and it was the right thing to do to call the po­lice. He waited for the po­lice at the road­side.

“[Los­ing his driv­ing li­cence] will im­pact on his em­ploy­ment. He wishes to avail him­self of the drink driv­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion scheme.”

Mag­is­trates said it was the ‘wrong de­ci­sion to chance it’.

●● Luke McGinty

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