Man charged for drink driving
DRIVING home from the pub, a Pilton man crashed his car into a bush and then left the scene with the car still blocking the road.
When police were called to the accident they found Christopher Dean Sheppard walking nearby and he was unsteady on his feet and incoherent.
He produced the car keys from his pocket and when he was breathalysed was found to be double the drink drive limit.
Sheppard, aged 32, of Westholme, pleaded guilty to driving a Peugeot 206 on the A36 at Oakhill on August 2 when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil. He also admitted driving without insurance and without a valid MoT.
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Prosecutor Judy Morris said that the defendant left the Oakhill Inn at 11pm and was driving home when he crashed into some bushes but then walked off leaving his car obstructing the road.
“He started to walk home but after the police were called to the scene they found him walking just outside Shepton Mallet,” she said.
“The officers spoke to him and he was unsteady on his feet, incoherent and drunk and had scratches to his arms and legs.
“He was arrested for driving while unfit through drink and said the car belonged to him and he then produced the keys from his shorts.”
A search of the car revealed an expired MoT certificate and when he was breath tested at Yeovil police station the reading was 70mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mcg of alcohol.
The court was also told that Sheppard had a previous conviction for a similar matter and was therefore liable to a mandatory three year ban.
He told the magistrates that it had been a stupid thing to do and he was very sorry for his actions.
The magistrates disqualified him from driving for three years and fined him £250 with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. No separate penalty was imposed for the other two offences.