A CAR driven by a Bolsover drink-driver ran out of control on a bend and flipped on to its roof, a court was told on Monday.
Police saw the upturned Vauxhall Corsa on the A61 Chesterfield bypass near the town centre at 2.30am on 13th November.
One passenger had a head injury and another was standing outside the car looking dazed.
Jason Cox told officers he had been driving the vehicle. He was swaying and he smelled strongly of alcohol.
He failed a roadside breath test and then claimed the accident was caused by another driver, who collided with his car.
Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Cox (21) became agitated and aggressive at Chesterfield Police Station following his arrest.
He went on to give a reading of 58mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.
“He said in interview that an unidentified vehicle swerved to the nearside and caused him to lose control,” said Mrs Griffiths.
Cox, of New Bolsover, Bolsover, admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance and a full licence.
He had two previous convictions for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Magistrates adjourned sentence until Monday for probation service reports and imposed an interim driving ban.
“His car has been scrapped as a result of the damage as it was not worth repairing,” said Joe Harvey, for Cox.
“His behaviour was stupid. They were on their way to buy food and he felt okay to drive.”
Mr Harvey said Cox, unemployed, had suffered a nasal cancer that was clear following radiotherapy treatment.