North Somercotes man banned from driving after drink-drive crash

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A 32-year-old North Somercotes man, who had been ‘drowning his sorrows’ because his marriage had broken down, drove his car and crashed it, a court has been told.

Paul David Lingard, 32, of Church Road, North Somercotes, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that at 1.30am on September 13, police attended a road traffic collision at Jubilee Road in North Somercotes where they found that a Suburu Imprezza had left the road and collided with road signs, trees and then come to rest at a brick wall.

He said officers found that the driver had left the scene but they later found Lingard in South Street, North Somercotes, and after a ‘half hearted’ attempt to deny he had been the driver he admitted it, saying he had been in the pub with friends earlier and was walking back to tell them that he had had an accident.

After a positive breath test, he was arrested and gave a reading of 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan said that Lingard had separated from his wife just the week before and had been ‘drowning his sorrows’.

He said Lingard only lived a short distance away from the pub and was ‘kicking himself’ as he could easily have walked home.

He said that the effects of disqualification on Lingard, who is a self employed joiner, would be catastrophic as he would not be able to work without his licence.

The magistrates disqualified him from driving for 18 months but offered him the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by four months.

He was also fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.