A SEAFORD motorist who crashed his friend’s car, killing his pal’s dog in the process, had been drinking.
A court was told last week that Tony Borland was driving a Ford Mondeo when he came off the A259 Buckle Bypass with the car ending upside down in trees and bushes.
Eastbourne magistrates heard that no other vehicle was involved in the incident in which his friend’s dog died.
But when the 49-year-old defendant spoke to paramedics he mentioned having drunk two pints of cider earlier on.
He failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Eastbourne DGH where he was described as becoming agitated.
Borland, of Hythe Crescent, was asked to give a sample of blood but the court was told he pretended he could not hear and continued to try and evade giving blood.
At a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates Court last week he pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
Antony Stannard, defending, said a head injury may have led his client to acting the way he did in hospital, adding, “It was a friend’s car. He accepts he had some alcohol during the day.
“Mr Borland instruction is an animal ran out into the road and he had to take avoiding action. I don’t think there’s evidence of severe impairment.
“It seems like quite a serious accident. He had an injury that required hospital treatment.
“He had an injury to his back that’s on-going. That may have impaired his decision making process.
“He said he was concerned for the dog. He wanted to make sure the friend’s dog was okay but unfortunately it was killed in the accident.
“He’s a scaffolder by trade and not worked since October due to the lack of available work.
“But as a result of this accident and back injury he was signed off as being unable to work.”
Borland was disqualified from driving for 18 months and was offered the chance to reduce this by four months if he completes a drink driver rehabilitation course.
He was also fined £110 and must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.