Teenager wrote off car driving home after night out

16:01 02 May 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

Holsworthy man was twice the drink drving limit, magistrates hear

A HOLSWORTHY man wrote off his car while trying to drive home after a night of drinking, magistrates have heard.

Fraser Smith, 18, of Milton Damerel flipped his Peugeot 106 car in the early hours of March 2 after clipping a curb near Landcross on the A386.

Smith, who appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, was travelling home from Bideford, where he had planned to stay on a friend’s floor, when he collided with the curb at 2.45am. His reading of 150 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood was almost double the legal limit.

Defence solicitor Tony Dart said that Smith had planned to stay with a friend, but after returning to their house and seeing his car keys, he ‘foolishly’ decided to drive home.

“He is mortified that he should have committed this offence,” said Mr Dart.

Smith was handed an 18 month driving ban and ordered to pay £130 in fines and victim surcharge.

Other News Stories

Fri, 22:17
Gritters will be out this weekend. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

County highways teams are monitoring the situation as forecasters predict icy conditions and wintry showers/

Read more
Fri, 15:37
A Devon marine reef scene. Picture: Mike Deaton.

Two areas included in the next round of Government plans to introduce MCZs to English waters...

Read more
Fri, 15:29

North Devon Council has cut winter parking charges from £2 all day to £1.20.

Read more
Fri, 14:45
The Burton Art Gallery

Arts Council England funding feasibility study to examine library move and art gallery expansion.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition

North Devon's trusted business finder