Banned Mansfield Woodhouse driver behind bars after drink-drive crash

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A banned Mansfield Woodhouse motorist is behind bars after a drink-drive crash injured him and a passenger.

Michael Gamblin (21) had been drinking with pals including Martin Hughes while watching football at a Sutton pub.

They continued drinking at a friend’s house and then the home of Gamblin’s mother before deciding to meet some girls in Worksop.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Gamblin lost control of a Ford Fiesta on a right hand bend in Mansfield Road, Belph, at 7pm.

The car slid across the A60 and turned onto its side and Mr Hughes, a passenger, suffered a fractured left elbow.

“His arm was trapped between the road and the passenger door. People arrived and lifted the car back up. He was screaming and he got out through a window,” said Mrs Griffiths.

A sample taken from Gamblin five hours after the accident revealed a reading of 81mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, the limit being 80mgs.

Mrs Griffiths said he claimed that another person - not Mr Hughes - had been driving the car but he would not name the alleged driver.

Gamblin, of Park Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, admitted charges of drink-driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance, and failing to give information about a driver on 28th January. He further admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence imposed by Mansfield magistrates on 6th January for public disorder.

Presiding magistrate Paul Beard locked him up for a total of 22 weeks and banned him from driving for three years, after hearing he was convicted of drink-driving last May.

“He drank a small amount of alcohol. A friend asked him to drive and he initially refused, but after a while he agreed,” said Matt Evans, for Gamblin.

“He says the wheel clipped the side of the road and sent the car into a spin. It flipped over and he received a fractured elbow. He is remorseful.”