Drink-driving trainee plumber writes off Audi A3 – and he’d only just passed his test


New driver Elliot Brereton rolled his car after taking it ‘for a spin’ following a night out.

The 22-year-old was over the alcohol limit when he decided to drive home from the pub after ‘three or four pints’.

But the trainee plumber opted to go for a longer drive, lost control of the car, and wrote off the Audi A3 around 20 miles from his home.

A motorist called police after coming across Brereton’s vehicle in Stone.

Prosecutor Emma Thompson told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: “This incident took place at about 11pm on October 22. A witness was driving along Eccleshall Road and as he approached a small roundabout he noticed a black Audi at the junction. It was stationary and had front end damage.

“The witness spoke to the driver – this defendant – and it was clear he had been drinking. The witness stayed with the defendant until police arrived.”

Brereton, of Poppy Close, Weston, near Crewe, gave a positive roadside breath test and went on to give an alcohol reading of 52 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Ms Thompson added: “He was interviewed by police. He said he had been to the pub with friends in Nantwich and had three or four pints. He said he thought he would get away with driving because it was only three or four miles from home.

“He thinks he may have decided to go for a spin because he had only just passed his test. He took a corner badly and rolled his car. It landed the right way up and he continued to drive until the engine cut out in Eccleshall Road.”

Brereton pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

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Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said: “This defendant was candid in interview and told the police what happened. There’s nothing I can say that will make this any better for him.

“He has paid a high price because he has written the vehicle off and as a new driver this is going to have its own repercussions.”

Magistrates fined Brereton £80 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months. He must also pay £169 in court costs and charges.





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