Drink driver’s bad decision led to crash

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A 44-YEAR-OLD Eastbourne man who drove home from Brighton was found to be over the legal drink drive limit when he crashed into a lorry.

Cian Brophy, of Latimer Road, pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared before the town’s magistrates on Monday (May 23).

The court heard Brophy failed to steer around a bend on the A27, near Selmeston, and collided with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction on May 7.

Brophy was driving a Citroen and was bleeding from his head after the smash.

The lorry driver, who manage to steer away from the scene to avoid a more serious collision, got out of the car and saw Brophy was injured.

Police attended and Brophy was found to have an alcohol reading on 55mcg in 100ml of breath - the legal drink drive limit is 35mcg.

Ambulance crews also attended the scene to check on Brophy.

He was then taken to Eastbourne Police Station and when interviewed said he had gone to a Brighton nightclub alone and consumed three pints of lager before leaving at around 4am.

He took an hour-long walk and said he felt alright to drive but admitted the accident was probably down to the effects of the alcohol.

He represented himself in court and told magistrates it had been a ‘monumentally bad decision’.

He said, “I went out alone to a nightclub in Brighton which is very out of character for me.

“The reason I went there was because I was going through a difficult time, I lost my mother and my partner left me.”

He explained he had not consumed very much alcohol and went for a walk on the seafront for around an hour before driving home.

He added, “I felt quite sober.”

Brophy said he would struggle to keep his job with a driving ban because he works in a remote part of Sussex.

He also said he was sorry about the accident and added, “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the other driver and to thank the emergency services and the police for their professional manner.”

Magistrates imposed a 15-month ban and offered Brophy the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course to reduce his ban by three months.

He was also fined £320 and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.