Drink-driver crashed at Gooseneck while nearly twice limit

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News from the courts

A 32-year-old Ramsey man has been fined £1,000 after admitting crashing his car on the Mountain Road while almost twice the drink-drive limit.

David Lee Cleator, of Brookhill Road, pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge and was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £125 court costs.

Prosecutor Hazel Carroon told the court how, on May 20 at 2.10am, police were called to the Gooseneck on the Mountain Road after a report of an accident.

When they arrived they found Cleator sat in his Ford Transit Connect van with his head on the steering wheel.

The van was against a small wall with the engine still running and smashed glass on the passenger seat, where one of the windows had shattered.

The court heard Cleator smelt of alcohol, had glazed eyes and was slurring his words.

When an ambulance arrived, Cleator said: ‘But I haven’t crashed. I’m OK.’

A breath test at police headquarters recorded 69 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres - the legal limit is 35.

During a police interview Cleator gave a ‘no comment’ response to all questions.

Defending Cleator in court, advocate John Wright said that the facts were accepted as presented by the prosecution.

Mr Wright handed in two letters of reference on behalf of Cleator, and said: ‘Given the level of reading my client is expecting a substantial disqualification and understands he will have to retake his test.

‘He is well-respected and we would ask the court to look on this as a blip.

‘He went out and had accommodation arranged with friends. He has no idea why he didn’t stay, and got in his vehicle to drive home.

‘It is a matter of profound regret on his part and he has asked me to apologise on his behalf.’

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said: ‘Fortunately no injury was caused to yourself or anyone else.’

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