HGV driver hit with two-year ban after crashing his car while over the limit

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A lorry driver who crashed his car which then set on fire has been banned from the road after police found he was almost three times over the drink-drive limit.

Robert Stone, of The Green, Bilsthorpe, crashed his Vauxhall Corsa on the A614 at Lockwell Hill in the early hours of 15th March.

Police arrived to find the car in a field and on fire, but Stone had managed to exit the vehicle unhurt.

He admitted he was the driver and was breath tested, blowing a reading of 95mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Admitting a charge of driving while over the limit, Mansfield magistrates heard how 51-year-old Stone had been playing golf all day with friends, had gone to the pub afterwards, then to his friend’s house where they continued drinking.

Stone said he fell asleep, woke a few hours later and felt fit to drive.

Defending, Simon King, said: “He (Stone) can’t explain why he woke up and got in the car.

“There’s no reason for it whatsoever.

“He struck the kerb and lost control of the vehicle.

“He accepts entirely the crown’s case, and it’s unfortunate that he made that fateful decision.”

He added that the consequences of his client’s actions would be ‘catastrophic’, because he was a class 1 HGV driver and was certain to lose his job.

“As from today, he will have to look for a new job,” added Mr King.

Stone was banned for 24 months, given a community order with 80 hours unpaid work, and made to pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.