Driver in Louth lost control of car after row with girlfriend

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A 27-year-old driver who lost control of his car in Louth after a row with his girlfriend, was almost three times over the permitted level of alcohol, a court has been told.

Benjamin Edward Jeffery of Finney Close, Lincoln admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

The court was told that a Louth police officer was on his way to work at 5.35am on April 5 when he saw Jeffery’s Audi motor car on its side on the A153 at Cawkwell Hill, with its lights and wipers on.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the officer found Jeffery slumped inside with beer cans around him but could get no response from him.

She said there was also a demolished grit box at the top of the hill.

The officer established that Jeffery was asleep and uninjured but couldn’t get out and wouldn’t give a breath test.

However, after he was taken to hospital he gave a blood test which gave a reading of 227 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Jeffery admitted he had been driving the car and told police he had fallen out with his girlfriend, had slept in the car and then decided to drive home.

He said he saw deer in the road and took evasive action but hit the grit box and then turned over. It was said he had a previous excess alcohol conviction in 2007.

His case was adjourned for sentence on August 28 and a report from the Probation Service was ordered.

He was given an interim driving disqualification.