Drink-driver hit home causing £43,000 damage

Court news.
Court news.

A drink-driver caused £43,000 worth of damage to a house when he lost control of his can and left the road, a court was told.

Daniel Ellenden, 29, of Old Bolingbroke, Old Keal, admitted driving with excess alcohol and to driving without due care and attention when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that on Monday September 23 at 11pm, Ellenden was driving his Subaru car home when he misjudged a bend on the A16 at Keal Cotes and hit a kerb.

He said a wheel disintegrated and the car hit two parked cars and went sideways into the wall of a house, causing a 10 foot by 10 foot hole and pushing rubble 20 feet into the room of the house, which caused £43,000 worth of damage.

Mr Todd said the householder was in the room but was not injured.

He said Ellenden gave a positive breath test and his blood test revealed a reading of 86 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan said Ellenden had drunk three pints of lager and had felt perfectly fine.

He said he had got lost on his way home because of a detour and was going a bit fast but could not explain how he lost control of the car.

Last Tuesday, Ellenden was fined a total of £235 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £23 victim surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months but was offered the drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by three months.