Grantham court: Driver nearly three times over limit

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A 26-year-old caused an accident after driving almost three times over the drink drive limit on his way to see his girlfriend after an argument.

Thomas Hibbert, of Westby, Grantham, admitted driving his Audi RS4 while over the limit.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, told the court that at about 11pm on April 20 officers on static patrol at the Asda roundabout saw the car in question speeding towards the A52.

They followed and the Audi then crashed into another vehicle, deploying the airbags and suffering extensive damage.

Hibbert identified himself as the driver to the officers, who immediately noticed that he was unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol.

He said to police: “Sorry mate, my girlfriend broke up with me and I was going to see her.”

He was found to have 94 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Hibbert was taken to the police station and also found to have a small amount of cocaine on him for which he was cautioned.

The defendent represented himself in court and said: “I fully regret it and it was out of character.

Hibbert who works for an engineering company was given a community penalty lasting 12 months, during which he must complete 60 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

He was disqualified from driving for 24 months, with the chance to reduce this by six months by taking a drink driving rehabilitation course.