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Police foiled drink-driver's escape after Feltwell crash, magistrates told

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Police investigating an abandoned crashed car went to the suspected driver’s house and saw him making a run for it out of the back garden.

Christopher Smith, 31, had driven the Volkswagen Golf into a road sign at a junction with Mundford Road in Feltwell.

Smith was detained and found to be twice the drink limit.

King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (53198737)
King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (53198737)

Prosecutor Anna Crayford told Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday that a member of the public came across the crashed car with the doors locked and no one present.

“PNC checks of the registration number revealed that it was insured to Mr Smith, who lives nearby,” said Miss Crayford.

“Officers attending see him running from the house into the back garden before he’s seen to leave.”

Smith, of Stoke Road, Methwold, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. In custody he gave a reading of 70 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving on October 20.

Solicitor Tim Bartlam, mitigating, said: “He says he pulled over to avoid a car on the wrong side of the road and hit a lamppost.

“He said he got home and did take some drink but accepts that he would’ve been over at the time.”

The self-employed plumber and builder was disqualified from driving for 22 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus a £34 victim surcharge.

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