Driver three times legal limit flipped car in High Street

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 23-year-old from Combe Martin attempted to drive home so he wouldn’t leave his car on double yellow lines.

A DRINK driver who was more than three times the legal limit managed to flip his car in Combe Martin High Street, North Devon Magistrates Court heard today (Friday).

Daniel Senn, of Chapel Lane, Combe Martin, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence.

He admitted he had consumed eight or nine pints at the pub when he decided to drive the short distance home.

The 23-year-old said he had not planned on driving back that night but did not want to leave his car parked on double yellow lines.


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He only made it 200 yards down the road before a cat ran out in front of him which he swerved to avoid; causing him to flip his silver BMW he was driving onto its roof.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said police received reports of the collision from ambulance crews and found Senn at the scene stood by the vehicle.

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He admitted he had been drinking and that he had also had a front seat passenger in the car who was unharmed in the incident.

In custody, Senn blew a reading of 108 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath – more than three times the drink drive limit of 35.

Tony Dart, defending, said his client was an ornamental plasterer by trade and was known as a ‘sensible young man’.

He said the people Senn met in the pub had no expected him to drive there and were astonished that he had chosen to get into the car while drunk.

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for 24 months and ordered him to carry out 80 hours on unpaid work.

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