Pub crash drink-driver banned and fined

A DRIVER whose Toyota 4x4 collided with the wall of the Wagon and Horses public house in Eaton Socon on Sunday last week pleaded guilty at Huntingdon Magistrates Court today (Thursday) to driving with excess alcohol. Kenneth Alexander, 33, who lives in N

A DRIVER whose Toyota 4x4 collided with the wall of the Wagon and Horses public house in Eaton Socon on Sunday last week pleaded guilty at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court today (Thursday) to driving with excess alcohol.

Kenneth Alexander, 33, who lives in Northern Ireland and whose job involves installing and maintaining telecommunications equipment in courts, was fined £200, banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £60 prosecution costs.

Alison Boulding, prosecuting, said Alexander's vehicle had been involved in a road accident with another vehicle outside the pub and had damaged the pub wall. When police arrived, the defendant was driving his vehicle into the pub car park. He was breathalysed and subsequently found to have 47 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

"The collision is being investigated," Ms Boulding added. "I don't know whether there was any fault on the defendant's part," she told the Bench.

Alexander said he was a provisional licence holder. If he successfully completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course, his driving ban will be reduced to nine months.

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