Drink driver crashed into parked vehicle

A motorist who got behind the wheel while over the drink drive limit was caught out after colliding with a parked vehicle.

Police were called following the incident on November 25 and caught up with Jason Luxford. He was asked by police if he was the driver of the van and after stating he was he provided a roadside breath test which he failed.

The 29-year-old was taken to the police station and a further reading showed he had 87mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday Luxford, of Fitzmaurice Avenue, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Noelle Magennis, defending, said, “He had been at a friend’s house and had about six cans of Stella.

“He goes to the Alexandra Arms because he left his car keys there and had a further two pints, there were gaps between the drinking.”

She added her client felt confident to get behind the wheel, adding, “He drives a short distance to his address and was involved in the collision.

“He was very honest with the police, he makes full admissions and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity today.

“He is very embarrassed about this situation and is very remorseful for his actions as well. It’s aggravated by the fact there was an accident, thankfully no-one was injured.

“He’s employed as a ground worker and he may now lose his employment.”

Magistrates disqualified Luxford from driving for 20 months.

He was told this can be reduced by five months if he completes a drink driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £350 and must pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.