Three year ban for drink driver

A MAN who was nearly three times over the limit stole car keys and made off with the vehicle.

Ben Collier, 25, of Summerfield Road, Todmorden, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving as well as driving without a licence or insurance.

He was given a 12-month community order with supervision and will have to complete 200 hours unpaid community work.

He was banned from driving for three years.

Calderdale magistrates heard how Collier, who was nearly three times over the legal drink drive limit, was spotted by police officers driving a Nissan Almera, along Ridge Road, Todmorden, on January 30.

When Collier saw the police he reversed the car and drove around a corner before reversing into a parked Rover.

Waseem Raja, prosecuting, said PC Lee Cooper went to the driver’s side to speak to Collier and described him as heavily intoxicated. Collier told him ‘I am sorry, I stole it.’

A breath test found he had 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Collier admitted he stole the car belonging to Maria Mitchell who he had been drinking with at the White Hart Hotel, Todmorden, because he could not be bothered to walk home even though he did not have consent to drive.

He admitted causing damage to the Rover belonging to Michael Clarkson.

Julie Brimble, representing him, said: “He really cannot say why he got involved with the offence and is very sorry for his actions.

“He has been experiencing problems with depression and has been going through a divorce, which has resulted in him drinking at the weekends and led to the offence, which is out of character.”