Drinker drove through barrier in Fakenham

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A man was caught drink-driving after crashing his vehicle through a locked car park barrier, a court heard.

Alex Baran, 20, drove into the barrier to get out of the old Argos car park in Fakenham, but it smashed his front windscreen and drew him to the attention of police, Lynn magistrates heard.

Officers pulled him over in Mervyn King Road and later matched the damage to the barrier and glass left at the scene with Baran’s car.

Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said a breath test revealed 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

She said: “He told officers he parked in the car park and went to the pub. He had seven pints and when he went back to his car the gates were closed so he drove through them.”

Baran appeared before the court on Friday and admitted drink-driving and causing criminal damage to the barrier on December 21 last year.

Roger Glazebrook, for Baran, said he had intended to get a taxi home but couldn’t remember what happened.

Baran, of The Glebe, Stibbard, Fakenham, was fined £380 with £105 costs.

He was also banned from driving for 17 months.