Boozer test-drove new car and crashed into wall and parked car in Mansfield

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A young man who had a few drinks and decided to test-drive his new car was nearly twice over the legal limit when he crashed into a wall and a parked car in Mansfield.

Erik Ostas, 22, of Broomhill Lane, Mansfield, admitted driving while over the drink drive limit and without a valid licence or insurance, when he appeared before Mansfield magistrates on Wednesday.

Robert Carr, prosecuting, said: “A member of the public saw Mr Ostas driving without headlights and flashed him to try to inform him, but he didn’t appear to take notice.

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“Shortly afterwards the same motorist saw him saw him hit a wall and a parked car.”

Police stopped his Citroen Picasso on Arundel Drive at 3.30am, on June 24. A breath test revealed he had 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Melanie Hoffman, mitigating, said: “He purchased a car that he intended to apply for a licence, get insurance and learn how to drive.

“Unfortunately he a few drinks and made the foolish decision to test drive his car. It was a spur of the moment decision which he deeply regrets.”

Magistrates banned him from driving for 17 months. He was fined £250 for drink driving and £150 for driving without any insurance. He was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.

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