A young driver who was nearly twice the drink-drive limit when he smashed into a parked car admitted in court: ‘I’m thankful I did not hurt anyone’.
Scott Baker, 22, had been driving along Alfreton Road in Mansfield when he collided with the vehicle.
A nearby resident heard the bang and came outside to find Baker with his VW Golf.
When the police arrived he was breathalysed and was found to have 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Outlining the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, Marjorie Kirkham-Smith, told Mansfield Magistrates’ Court that police had interviewed Baker who told them he had been to the pub and had a few drinks.
He had then decided he wanted to go and pick up a friend in his car.
He admitted to the police that he knew he shouldn’t have got behind the wheel of his car because he knew he was over the legal drink-drive limit.
Baker, of Gordon Crescent, Alfreton, represented himself in court where he admitted charge of drinking while above the limit.
He was asked if he wanted to explain his actions and told the magistrates: “I understand that I could have hurt someone.
“I’m very sorry for what I have done and I’m just thankful that I did not hurt anyone.”
After deliberating, the magistrates decided to hand Baker an 18-month driving ban, pay £320 fine, £150 criminal courts charge, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.