Pensioner crashed into roundabout light after drinking two glasses of whisky


Pensioner Graham Johnson knocked over a lamp on a roundabout when above the drink-drive limit.

The 66-year-old was driving his BMW when he hit the light on the roundabout in Arnold Grove, Bradwell, at about midnight on May 9. Police went to the defendant’s home and the defendant admitted he had drunk two glasses of whisky earlier in the evening.

He was breathalysed and gave a reading of 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, against the legal limit of 35.

Now Johnson has been banned from driving for 15 months at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

Graham Johnson, aged 66, of Bradwell, has been banned from driving for 15 months after he collided with a lamp at a roundabout

Prosecutor Alicia Perry said: “A member of the public reported a vehicle collided with a roundabout street furniture in Arnold Grove and drove off towards Bursley Way.

“The police conducted an area search and found a vehicle that fitted the description parked in a driveway in Old Hall Drive, Bradwell.

“Officers knocked on the door and the defendant was cautioned. He admitted driving and being involved in a collision. He admitted he had drunk alcohol before driving.

“He was taken to custody where he was breathalysed and gave a reading of 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, against the legal limit of 35.”

In his police interview Johnson said he thought he collided with a kerb. He added he had drunk two glasses of whisky at about 9pm.

Johnson, of Old Hall Drive, Bradwell, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Mark Bromley, mitigating, said the defendant has no previous convictions. He said: “He was at home and had no intention of driving or going out in the car.

“He had a couple of glasses of whisky earlier in the evening. It was getting towards midnight when his wife asked if he could pop out on an errand.

“He believed the drink would have been out of his system. He could have walked but he thought he would be fine and took the car. When he returned he thought he clipped the kerb. He had not realised he had knocked over the short lamp and returned home.

“When the police knocked on the door he was completely frank with them.

“He was arrested and spent the night in a police station, for the first time in his life.

“The incident has knocked him sideways. He has not driven since. He apologises, through me, for his rash decision to drive.”

Johnson was fined £146 and ordered to pay £135 costs and a £34 surcharge.

His ban will be reduced by 15 weeks if he completes a drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course.





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