Drunk driver hit a car in Louth after he used wrong fuel

Court news
Court news

A drunk driver who stalled his car in Louth, and allowed it to roll back into a parked car, had filled his diesel engine car with unleaded petrol, a court has been told.

Graham Neil Carrier, 50, of Cedar Road, Doncaster, admitted driving with excess alcohol in Louth on April 27, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ 

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that police went to Edward Street at 1.30am and found Carrier lying on the rear seat of his VW Passat car which had rolled down a slope and was on the pavement wedged between a parked car and a wall.

He told them: “I pulled up at the junction and rolled back.”

After giving a positive breath test he was arrested and at the police station gave a positive reading of 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In mitigation, Andrea Wilkes said that Carrier expected to lose his job as a betting clerk as a result of his conviction.

She said he had attended a 50th birthday party at which he drank four pints of Guinness and had left the party to 
drive home feeling perfectly fine.

She said that when he got to Louth he realised he had put unleaded fuel in his 
diesel car which then stalled and rolled back.

Carrier was fined £160 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months but was offered the drink driver’s rehabilitation course 
which would reduce the period of disqualification 
by 18 weeks.