December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A young motorist who crashed a car into a north Suffolk home after he had been drinking is today starting his two year ban from driving.
Lewis Richardson received the lengthy ban after he pleaded guilty to driving an Audi TT into a home in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, while over the drink drive limit and without due care and attention.
Richardson, 22, of Hildesley Court, Pakefield, was sentenced after his car embedded itself into the Long Meadow Walk home in the early hours of March 24.
A blood sample showed Richardson had an alcohol reading of 87 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood - the legal limit being 80 milligrammes.
After the crash Richardson suffered serious head injuries and was treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
The court heard he still has limited movement and difficulties with his speech and vision and suffers from extreme anxiety and guilt.
Debbie Reynolds, mitigating, said: “If he could wind back the clock so it never happened he would.”
As well as his two year driving ban Richardson was fined £650 by magistrates for both offences and ordered to pay £125 in costs and a victim surcharge.
After the court care a statement was read out by Richardson’s solicitor on his behalf which said: “He is truly sorry he made a mistake to drive on that evening.”