A man who crashed his wife’s car into a fence while more than three times the drink-drive limit has been given a suspended jail term.
Magistrates heard Alberts Komarovs fled to his daughter’s flat following the incident last month.
Komarovs, 57, of Hillen Road, South Lynn, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and drink-driving during a court hearing on Monday.
He was also banned from driving for a total of three years.
Magistrates also imposed a £260 fine on a related charge of driving without insurance, though there was no separate penalty for an offence of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Komarovs was further ordered to pay £85 costs, plus a £115 victim surcharge.
Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said Komarovs had been driving a Ford Fusion which crashed at the junction of Ruddy Duck Lane and Sandpiper Way in Lynn on March 18.
He then went to a nearby flat, where he was found by police and failed a breath test. Later samples showed he had 126 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
During a police interview, Komarovs said he had been drinking heavily and had asked his wife for permission to take the car. She had refused.
He said it was only the second time he had driven since he was initially taught 30 years ago.
George Sorrell, mitigating, told the bench it was unusual for his client, who he said could not remember the incident.
He said that, as well as working at the Tulip factory in Lynn, he was acting as a full-time carer for his wife, who has serious health problems.
He added: “He realises the shame he has brought on the family is all his fault.”
Probation officers said there was no evidence that Komarovs was dependent on alcohol and he had binged on the day of the incident.
The court also heard that, despite the high risk posed to public safety by his actions on the day of the incident, Komarovs was assessed as being at a low risk of harm to the public or reoffending.