Driver who hit parked car had been drinking

A DRINK driver who left the scene of an accident after colliding with a parked car has been banned from the road.

Shane McNaughton told the court he was going through a difficult patch when he crashed in the early hours of the morning.

The 25-year-old had been drinking at a friend’s house, fallen asleep, left later on and collided with a car.

Eastbourne magistrates heard a witness had seen him try to move the car from the scene and then abandon it.

However, McNaughton, of Croxden Way, did return to the area shortly afterwards and was arrested by police.

A reading showed he had 54mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At a hearing on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after a road accident.

Anthony Waller, defending, said that his client was going through some family and work difficulties, adding, “He accepts full responsibility for the matter.

“He was working and two days prior to the incident his company said we can’t keep you on, we’re making you redundant. He went to a friend’s house and was drinking. He didn’t have a lot but he was drinking, he was tired and had a lot of things on his mind.

“He woke up and thought it was time to go home and got into the car without thinking, drove and unfortunately had an accident.

“He panicked and people came out, some were being aggressive and he ran off.

“He thinks it was stupid and came back. Police did not have to search to find him.

“He is genuinely apologetic and feels very foolish about being before the court.”

For driving with excess alcohol McNaughton was fined £110, ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

He was told he can reduce his ban by three months if completing a drink driver rehabilitation course. He received no separate penalty for the other offence.