Grantham Court: Drink driver hit roundabout and a road sign

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A drink driver lost control of his car and mounted a roundabout before hitting a road sign.

Szilveszter Ferenec Toth, 31, of New Row, Gonerby Hill, pleaded guilty to drink driving in Grantham on June 29.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood told the court that Toth was driving at some speed when he mounted the Gonerby Moor roundabout next to the A1 before colliding with a road sign and then a lamppost. He was found sitting at the side of the road, with the keys still in the ignition. He admitted to police that he was the driver.

Mr Wood said that Toth had told police he had been thinking about killing himself because he had recently split up from his partner. He said:”It was believed the accident was something to do with his state of mind.”

Rob Arthur, defending, said his client had not meant to kill himself. He said: “It was a lack of judgement and he was in an emotional state.”

Mr Arthur said Toth’s partner had ended their relationship and he had been drinking. That caused him to have the collision and he then cooperated with the police at the roadside and in the police station. He said Toth had sought assistance from Addaction.

He said Toth’s job in Market Overton had been left open to him, but he was unsure if he would be able to carry on working there once he was banned from driving.

Magistrates disqualified Toth from driving for 18 months. They fined him £400 with £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge. He was offered a drink driver’s rehabilitation course which will reduce the ban by four months.