Withern man, 26, overturned his car after drinking ‘to drown his sorrows’


A Withern man, who went out with his brother to drown his sorrows after breaking up with his girlfriend of four years, overturned the car as he drove home, a court has heard.

James Richard Clough, 26, of Main Road, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told police were called to the scene of the single vehicle accident at 3am on November 7 on the A157 at Great Carlton, where they found an empty blue Renault Clio on its roof.

They went to the home of the registered owner, Clough’s father, and there found James Clough who gave a positive breath test an hour and three quarters after the collision, said Paul Wood, prosecuting.

Analysis of his breath showed a reading of 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In mitigation, Lauren Fisher said that after the night out with his brother, he had ‘foolishly’ decided to drive home.

She said Clough had a sports degree and worked at the local leisure centre, but now relied on his family to drive him to work as the car had been scrapped.

“This has been a really big shock for him,” she told the magistrates.

She explained that the car had no insurance as the insurance company had not taken the premium from his bank account because of a misunderstanding when it was to be paid, but it had been paid a few days later.

Clough was banned from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by 20 weeks.

He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £260 in costs and charges.