Grantham court: Driver hit a tree, a telegraph pole, a road sign and a bus stop

Taken the day after the collision in Harlaxton Road.
Taken the day after the collision in Harlaxton Road.
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Drink-driver Aidan Mackinder ploughed into a telegraph pole, a tree and a road sign with two passengers in the car.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said Mackinder was driving a Renault sports car over the speed limit in Harlaxton Road with two young passengers in the back at the time of the crash.

Mr Pietryka said: “He failed to negotiate a gentle left-hand bend, mounted the kerb and hit a telegraph pole breaking it completely off at ground level.

“The car then ploughed on and knocked down a medium-sized tree and then a road sign before coming to a rest against a bus stop.”

The crash happened at around 10.15pm on August 7. Mackinder, 21, failed a roadside breath test and a subsequent test at Grantham police station.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Mackinder made a “misjudgement” before losing control of the car.

He added: “He admitted to police he had drunk some alcohol before driving but was surprised what he had drunk was sufficient to take him over the limit.”

Mackinder was disqualified from driving for a year and must pay a fine of £240. He must also pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs.