Drink-drive ban for A52 crash

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A man who went to visit Skegness Sunday market after drinking the night before, wrote his car off in a crash close to the town on the A52, Skegness Magistrates’ Court heard last week.

Ian Gowler of Elizabeth Terrace in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, admitted driving with excess alcohol on March 3 on the A52 Croft Bank in Skegness.

The court heard that Gowler had been working all week and had been drinking alcohol on both Friday and Saturday nights and when he woke up on Sunday morning, finished off a can of beer he had been drinking and decided to drive to the Sunday market at Skegness.

As he was on his way he had an accident when he lost control on a bend. He gave a breath test reading of 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In mitigation, Andrea Wilkes said Gowler had miscalculated the amount of alcohol in his body.

She said the car had been written off in the accident.

District Judge Toms told Gowler he should have known better, particularly since he had been on a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course previously following a similar conviction in 2003.

She banned him from driving for three years. He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £25 victim surcharge.