Dersingham drink-driver involved in three-car crash just weeks after passing test

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A man who was involved in a three-car crash while around twice the drink-drive limit had only passed his test a few weeks earlier, magistrates heard.

James Bowerman, 20, of Gelham Manor, Dersingham, was given a 20 month driving ban after he admitted drink-driving during a court hearing in Lynn today.

A separate charge of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence was withdrawn.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said police were called to a three-vehicle collision on Lynn Road, Ingoldisthorpe at around 12.20am on August 6.

One of the vehicles involved was a Volkswagen Polo driven by Bowerman, who was arrested after providing a positive roadside breath test showing 87 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

However, later tests showed a lower reading of 67 micrograms. The legal limit is 35.

Mr Harold said officers were not able to take secondary samples for nearly four hours after the crash as Bowerman was initially taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital under a police escort.

He added that Bowerman had admitted drink-driving when he was interviewed by officers.

The court was also told that Bowerman had only passed his driving test in June, but had not yet applied to the DVLA for a full licence at the time of the crash.

Bowerman, who represented himself at the hearing, said he had no memory of the crash and could only recall being with police afterwards.

He added: “I don’t know why I did it.”

Bowerman was also fined £350 and told to pay £85 costs, plus a £35 victim surcharge.

However, he was offered the chance to reduce the length of his ban by completing a rehabilitation course.