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Drink driver who flipped car into fence of front garden in Little Plumstead banned for 22 months

PUBLISHED: 07:18 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:46 13 December 2017

Car embedded in fence in Little Plumsted, Norfolk (Picture: Christian Hall)

Car embedded in fence in Little Plumsted, Norfolk (Picture: Christian Hall)

Christian Hall

A drink driver who ploughed through the garden of a family home and flipped his car on its side was spotted trying to stand up in the vehicle by a passer by, a court heard.

Paul Martin crashed his car into the fence of a house on Kevill Davis Drive, Little Plumstead prompting a warning from Christian Hall, whose two sons Ruben, 13, and Declan, 14, were sitting in the front room of the house at the time.

Martin, of Taylor Way, Little Plumstead, was found to be over the legal drink-drive limit following the crash on December 8.

He had 83 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The 27-year-old appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Tuesday (November 12) when he pleaded guilty to the offence.

The court heard a witness, who had been walking along at the time, saw the vehicle on its side in the garden and a “male trying to stand up in the car”.

The witness tried to open the door but it was locked.

He tried to get Martin to open the door by using his keys but magistrates were told Martin struggled to get his key in the ignition, prompting the witness to think that he was either drunk or had a head injury.

Martin did eventually manage to open the window and get out of the car.

Police arrived minutes later and arrested Martin, who told the witness he has been drinking, after he failed a roadside breath-test.

He was disqualified from driving for 22 months, fined £340, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.

Rob New, for Martin said he had never come before the police or courts before and had made a “serious error of judgement”.

This paper has vowed to name and shame as many motorists as possible convicted of drink and drug driving offences during the police’s festive crackdown, which runs from December 1 to January 1.

Also appearing in court was Aytaur Rahman, 35, of Magpie Road, Norwich, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, on December 9. He had 106mcg of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

He was banned for 40 months, ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work.

He also had to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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