Mechanic who drove at speed is banned from roads

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A MECHANIC who drove at high speed in a residential area, while over the limit and with four passengers on board – plus one in the boot – has been banned from the road.

Stephen Carter was travelling along Sevenoaks Road when he collided with several parked cars just before midnight on December 27 last year.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the 26-year-old was the most injured person and that fortunately no-one was seriously hurt.

Police attended the scene where the defendant failed a roadside breath test.

Carter had 124mcg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mcg.

He admitted to police he had drunk four pints of lager earlier that evening and had little to eat that day.

He added that he was negotiating a bend at about 50mph in a 30mph road.

The Burwash Close resident pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and driving a vehicle loaded with passengers in such a way that danger was caused or likely to be caused to passengers in it at an earlier hearing.

Representing himself Carter said he was glad that no-one was seriously injured in the incident and accepted that he had caused a lot of inconvenience to friends and people whose cars he hit.

He added he was due to see a cardiologist because of bruising sustained on his heart.

Carter received a nine-month community order with a supervision requirement and an electronically tagged curfew which means he must stay indoors between the hours of 8pm and 6am for a period of four months.

Sentencing Carter to a 36-month disqualification presiding magistrate Paul Wilson warned, “You’ve got to start taking responsibility or you’re going to end up in prison.”

He must also pay £85 costs.