Grantham court: Car crash after friend took wheel

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A car crash occured after a group went out drinking and one of them let his uninsured drunk friend drive so that he could look after his ill girlfriend.

Graham Anderson, aged 34, of Crave Close, Harlaxton, pleaded guilty to both aiding the driving of a car over the alcohol limit and its use without third party insurance.

Co-defendant Kevin Sheppard, aged 31, of the same address, pleaded guilty to driving with 105 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, to not having third party insurance, and to failing to stop after the accident which caused injury to the female passenger.

He also appeared before magistrates on two shoplifting matters he had previously admitted, and for breaching his suspended sentence imposed on February 26 for common assault.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross related how on December 13 police were called to The Drift, Harlaxton where they found a BMW which had crashed into a barrier on a sharp bend.

Paramedics also attended to treat the female front seat passenger, while Anderson co-operated with police and informed them that Sheppard was the driver.

Sheppard, who had initially left the scene, was identified and a roadside breath test revealed he was three times over the legal limit.

Both men then attended Grantham Hospital’s A&E department, before being interviewed the following morning.

They revealed that the three of them had gone into the town centre and had been drinking, and while Anderson had drunk three or four beers Sheppard had consumed considerably more including shots of spirits.

In defence of Anderson, Jane Bauer, explained that on the journey back from town his partner who is registered blind and epileptic had become unwell and they had stopped the vehicle for her to be sick before passing out.

For this reason Anderson decided to keep an eye on her and let Sheppard drive.

Rob Arthur, defending Sheppard, said his client had admitted to police that he was the driver, that he had been drinking, but that he wasn’t sure at the time whether he was still insured on the car.

Mr Arthur said Sheppard accepted that he had a drink issue and was being assessed by DART.

The shoplifting offences for which he is charged both took place on December 5, and relate to £2.99 of men’s perfume and £46 worth of CDs and a pair of trainers being stolen from Tuffies and ASDA in Grantham respectively.

Sentencing for all offences were adjourned until January 19 so that pre-sentence reports can be prepared.

by the probabtion service on both defendants.

However an interim disqualification from driving was imposed on both men, with Anderson remaining on unconditional bail and Sheppard bailed on the condition that he does not enter any retail premises except Harlaxton post office and Costcutter on Springfield Road.