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Self-employed Grantham mechanic crashed into wall after visit to Corby Glen pub

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A self-employed mechanic said one mistake ‘has ruined everything’ after he crashed into a wall and fled the scene while over the alcohol limit.

Christian Johnson, 24, of Moortown Close, Grantham, pleaded guilty to drink driving on Alma Park Road on November 4.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that Johnson’s car collided with the wall at 11.50pm. He fled the scene but members of the public provided a description and he was later arrested. He told them: “I will not lie. I have been a t**t.”

Johnson gave a breath test reading of 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

Mr Clare said Johnson had met someone at a pub in Corby Glen and he had more to drink than he intended. He had no previous convictions.

Defending, Julian Sheen said Johnson had been to see a friend in Corby Glen and had drunk enough to put him considerably over the limit. The day after the incident he want back to the scene of the crash and offered to pay for the damage to the wall which would amount to between £500 and £600.

Mr Sheen said: “Having got into that stupid situation, he has rectified the situation a little.”

The court was told that Johnson was a very enterprising man, a self-employed mechanic with several businesses which required him to drive, covering thousands of miles every year. He had a partner and two young children.

Johnson told the court: “One mistake has ruined everything.”

Magistrates disqualified Johnson from driving for 20 months which will be reduced by 20 weeks if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course. He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay a criminal court charge of £150 and a victim surcharge of £20.


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