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Drink-driver, 19, suffered 'significant' injury when crashing while travelling to meet relative, King's Lynn court told

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A teenager with no licence crashed a car off the road while drink-driving.

Finlay Shorten was also uninsured when the Volkswagen Polo left Wisbech Road in Outwell in the early hours.

The 19-year-old, of Stoke Road, Methwold, only had a provisional licence and had no supervision.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53357495)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53357495)

Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday that he was injured in the crash and had to be taken to hospital.

Three hours later he gave a sample which was approaching twice the drink-drive limit.

The reading was 142 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the legal limit being 80.

Shorten pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and having no insurance on July 31.

The court was told that one of his two previous conviction was in February this year for having no insurance.

In mitigation, solicitor Claire Edgeler said the defendant had no recollection of events leading up to the crash.

“The first thing he can remember is waking up in hospital,” she added.

“Apparently he was on the way to pick up his sister. He has no idea why.

“To his credit, he has not tried to make things up. He’s ashamed of what happened and deeply regrets it.”

Miss Edgeler said he had suffered a “quite significant” injury to a leg in the crash and the car had been written off.

“Thankfully no one else was involved,” she added.

For drink-driving, Shorten was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.

He was also disqualified for 18 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was fined £120 for the insurance offence and ordered to pay £145 in costs and victim surcharge. There was no separate penalty for the licence matter.

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