Grantham court: Hit two cars in town while intoxicated

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A Brandon man who failed to stop after causing two accidents in the centre of Grantham, and while driving over the alcohol limit, was disqualified for 46 months.

Steven Crompton, 31, of Hough Road, Brandon, pleaded guilty to driving with 69 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, as well as two charges of failing to stop after a road accident after hitting cars on Sankt Augustin Way and in Market Place.

The court heard how at 9.55pm on November 27, police received a report of a collision on Sankt Augustin Way, in which a black Nissan had hit a Mini.

The Nissan had caused damage to the nearside of the Mini, but had then driven away without stopping and exchanging details, said prosecutor Marie Stace.

Then at 10.50pm, police received a further report that a black Nissan had crashed into a stationary Volkswagen Polo, parked in the Market Place.

Again, the Nissan had left the scene, without stopping and reporting the incident.

Officers received information that the Nissan had headed to the Watergate car park, and were able to locate it.

They found Crompton inside sleeping, with the keys in the ignition but the engine off. On speaking to him they could smell alcohol on his breath, and he was taken to the police station.

During interview he admitted that the car belonged to him, and a breath test recorded that he was almost twice the legal drink drive limit.

Miss Stace added that Crompton had previously been before the court in March 2012 for driving a vehicle with excess alcohol.

Defending Crompton, Rob Arthur said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and that the damage caused to the vehicles, including Crompton’s own, was relatively minor.

He said that following the first accident by the roundabout near Asda, the defendant had then driven to the Market Place. It was while reversing that he struck the second car, which had no-one inside at the time. This was caught on CCTV.

He added that his client was in full-time employment and did have car insurance, and that the costs of the damage to the other vehicles were therefore being cleared.

Magistrates disqualified Crompton from driving for 46 months, and he was also fined £280. This must be paid on top of £85 in costs, a £28 victim surcharge, and a £150 criminal courts charge.