Driver fled from scene of accident after drinking 10 pints of Foster’s – Nottinghamshire Live
A drink driver who had 10 pints of lager was followed home by a motorist whose car was scuffed and left with a damaged wing mirror.
When police arrested Steven Hayward, they found he was three times over the limit and had already once been banned for the offence.
At Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, he was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. He must do 100 hours community work.
District Judge Leo Pyle imposed a three-year driving disqualification and told him: “You admitted having ten pints of Foster’s.
“For a man of your so-called maturity to drive home in that state invited disaster. You clearly drove in such a way as to cause an accident and blithely drove on.
“With that amount of alcohol in your system, you can’t get enough oxygen to your brain so your control of the vehicle is impaired.
“Every day we see the consequences before the courts; carnage, tragedy and misery due to the irresponsible behaviour of people like you.”
A £115 government surcharge and £85 prosecution costs were ordered from bricklayer Hayward, 50, of Linden Grove, Gedling.
He admitted failing to stop after an accident; failing to report it; driving with 114 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Ben Payne, prosecuting, said the two cars collided on a narrow section of Chandos Street, Netherfield on May 5. The other driver had right of way but was struck by Hayward’s car, which failed to stop. The other driver dialled 999 and began to follow.
He saw Hayward go inside his home and waited until police officers arrived. Checks showed that Hayward had a drink-drive conviction in 2010, said Mr Payne.
A probation report said: “He is not alcohol dependent but has three to four cans every evening.
“He went to a party that night, had a few drinks and can’t remember anything about the offences, accepting clipping the other vehicle.”
Hayward must spend ten rehabilitation sessions with probation officers.
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