Unemployed Mansfield engineer slams suspended sentence

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An unemployed engineer who smashed into a traffic light while ‘drunk’ slammed his suspended sentence.

Patrick Joseph McGrath (22) of Noel Street, Mansfield, said he did not understand the seriousness of the incident and said he knew people ‘who had got less for doing more’ when he was handed a 12-week suspended sentence and banned from driving for 29 months.

He had been warned by magistrates that he could have faced a custodial sentence.

They were told that McGrath had been driving ‘at speed’ along Sutton Road in a Vauxhall Corsa and smashed into a set of traffic lights at the junction of Hermitage Lane at 4.20am on 2nd March.

A delivery driver had witnessed the accident and went to help. The man said he ‘could tell he was drunk’.

The delivery driver took the keys from the ignition and tried to stop McGrath from running away, but failed.

The police later arrested him and tried to breathalyse him, but he was unable to give a specimen for analysis.

He was charged with this, and not having insurance. He initially denied the charge but changed his plea a week before his trial.

Defending, Yvonne Wragg, said her client had been at a friends party and took the car ‘on the spur of the moment’.

He admitted to being over the limit but not being ‘completely unfit’ to drive.

However, CCTV from the police station showed him to be unsteady on his feet and unable to breath into the machine.

The court was told how he had been on an internship with a company and was hoping to secure a job.

On top of the ban and suspended sentence, he was given 100 hours of unpaid work, a 12-month community order and pay £165 in costs.