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Cumbria crash driver tried to sleep off eight pints

A BARROW drink-driver who attempted to sleep off eight pints before crashing into a ditch has been banned from driving.

David McInnes, who gave his parents’ address of Mulberry Way, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how McInnes, 34, had been in Barrow on January 31 where he drank eight pints of bitter in the afternoon before he took a nap in his car and then attempted to drive more than 60 miles to his partner’s home in Appleby.

He was found asleep at the wheel of his car after crashing into a ditch on Birkrigg Common.

Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, told the court it was the second time McInnes had been banned from driving, his first ban was in 2010.

He said: “At about 11.30pm on January 31 McInnes was seen in a vehicle in White Gill Lane, Birkrigg Common, facing towards Bardsea half on the tarmac, half on the grass.

“The headlights were on and the hazard lights were flashing. It was covered in mud up to the lower body work and wheels.”

Mr Appleby told the court McInnes had been drinking in Barrow and slept for around five hours before attempting to drive to his partner’s home.

On his way he crashed into a ditch and burnt out the clutch of the Vauxhall Vectra attempting to drive the car out of the ditch, he called the AA before falling asleep.

Mr Andy Gallagher, defending, told the court McInnes works in the North East where he depends on driving but following the conviction he will be left unemployed.

Mr Bob Fletcher, presiding magistrate, banned McInnes from driving for 36 months and ordered him to pay a fine of £350, court costs of £85 and a £35 victim surcharge.

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The ban I get, the fine I get, the court costs I get but seems to me the only victim was the defendant so does he pay himself or is the victim surcharge 'pot' just another back door tax the recent crop of governments are so fond of?

Posted by Tony on 20 February 2014 at 17:52

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