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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Carlisle drink-driver crashed after setting off with ice-covered windscreen

A motorist who drove while his car windscreen was still iced over collided with another vehicle but failed to stop, a court heard.

Nicky Douglas, 28, of Currock in Carlisle, was almost twice the drink-drive limit when he was eventually caught by police, Carlisle magistrates were told.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, told the court that on the morning of November 25 Douglas set off from work from his home in Harold Street without clearing off all the frost from his windscreen.

On his drive he clipped the wing mirror of a car coming in the opposite direction but kept on driving. Mrs Harris said the other driver turned and followed Douglas to his place of work before notifying police.

Geoff Lockerbie, defending, said his client’s “actions were foolhardy and stupid”. He had consumed alcohol the previous night and thought he would be all right to drive.

Douglas was banned for 18 months and fined £400.


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