Heaton’s driver crashed into three parked cars on his way to pick up his pal
A drunk driver crashed into three parked cars while picking up a friend.
Alexander Boyle was unsteady on his feet, mumbling to himself and mouthing his words when police attended the crash scene in Heaton, Newcastle in the early hours of the morning. The 30-year-old immediately told officers “I’m sorry, it’s my car, I lost control of it,” a court heard.
Boyle, of Whitefield Terrace, Heaton, was arrested and later gave a reading of 84mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, despite the legal limit being just 35. He later appeared on the bench of the defendants to plead guilty to one count of driving with excess of alcohol. .
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Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, said police were called to reports a white Skoda crashed into cars parked on Addycombe Terrace at around 1.30am on February 21 this year. They drove to the scene and found Boyle’s vehicle stationary in the middle of the road.
Mr Laidlaw continued: “The vehicle had front and front damage. The accused was sitting in the driver’s seat with the headlights still on when officers approached the vehicle. The accused exits of the car.
“Officers noticed the accused was unsteady on his feet and muttering to himself and mouthing his words. Officers were concerned that the accused was driving away, so they grabbed him and spoke to him. accused was holding the car keys.”
The court heard Boyle was arrested after he confessed to losing control of his vehicle and crashing into parked cars and then failing a breathalyzer test.
Sophie Allinson, defending, said Boyle pleaded guilty and was remorseful. She added: “He was out for the night, returned home and fell asleep. He then received a phone call from a friend who had been drinking to excess and was in a bad state.
“He recognized that the street he was on was close to where the defendant resides, so he made the snap decision to get in his car and pick up his friend and take him to his own. He ran into parked cars while doing it.”
Boyle was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim fine surcharge of £34. He was also banned from driving for 20 months.