Alfreton drink driver was more than two times over legal limit

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

Daniel Hill (24) then ‘panicked’ and abandoned his Honda Civic but a witness had called police and he was arrested near the scene of the accident.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates on Monday that Hill’s car ran out of control on Market Street, South Normanton, at around 4am on 22nd April.

“The vehicle mounted the pavement and damaged a garden wall. It had been witnessed and police were given his description.

“He was 600 yards away when police saw him. He confirmed he was the driver and he smelled of alcohol,” said Mrs Griffiths.

Hill, of Meadow Lane, Alfreton, went on to give a reading of 72mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

He told police he took a taxi to a pal’s home in South Normanton after drinking five or six pints of beer during a night out in Mansfield.

He then heard that his girlfriend was unwell and, concerned for her safety, he decided to go and see her.

“He said he misjudged a corner and went into the wall. Afterwards, he simply panicked and ran away.

“The occupants of the property were away at the time,” 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 road ban, to be cut to 13 months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

“He had no intention of driving that night but he got a call from a friend of his girlfriend, saying she had fallen over and hurt herself, and he was concerned about her,” said Matt Evans, for Hill.

“His work involves using his vehicle to help with tasks such as shopping and banking and he says his employment will be difficult, but manageable, without his driving licence. He wishes to apologise for his actions.”