Drink driver crashes into van after his mobile phone beeped


Motorist Michael Diggins was over the limit when he crashed into a van.

The 58-year-old had been drinking in Hanley when the accident happened as he drove home to Leek.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard a notification had come through on his mobile phone just before the collision.

Prosecutor Sara Beddow said: “The incident occurred at around 11.30pm. A Renault Espace being driven by Mr Diggins was in collision with the kerb, then with a Vauxhall vehicle.

“It appears to have been quite a nasty collision. Police attended and the defendant was co-operative at the roadside. He provided a sample of blood at the police station.”

The court heard his blood alcohol reading was 239 milligrams in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Diggins, of Regent Street, Leek, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He had no previous convictions.

When he was interviewed by police, Diggins said he had been to Hanley and consumed three beers. He said he was driving home to Leek when he heard the email sound on his phone, and the collision with the van occurred as he began to pull into a layby.

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The defendant was not represented by a solicitor in court, but told magistrates: “I’m totally ashamed of what I’ve done.”

Magistrates handed Diggins a community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered him to complete the probation service’s drink-impaired drivers programme.

He was fined £50 and disqualified from driving for 25 months. He must also pay £230 in court costs and charges.





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