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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Carlisle man crashed car after drinking session - court

A man who decided to drive home while more than three times the alcohol limit clipped several wing mirrors before crashing into a parked car.

Paul Geoffrey Davidson now faces sentence by a crown court judge after admitting dangerous driving and drink-driving.

Magistrates heard that the 46-year-old, of Caird Avenue, Belah, Carlisle, had parked his car and decided to go for a drink at the Crown and Thistle, in Stanwix, after work on March 23.

He had “two or three pints” before heading on to the Hourglass and then on to another pub.

Later the same day, witnesses reported a car driving at speed on the wrong side of the road between Church Road and Etterby Scaur, knocking the wing mirrors off parked cars.

Diane Jackson, prosecuting, said one witness had felt the wind on her arm as the car sped past before crashing 50 metres ahead.

Malcolm Dodds, defending, said Davidson could not remember getting into his car.

The last thing he could remember was coming round after the accident.

He said that Davidson had only been half a mile from his home when he passed his car en route and decided to get in.

Magistrates committed the case to crown court for sentencing because of the seriousness of the offence.

Davidson will appear at crown court on September 14. He was granted conditional bail and given an interim driving ban.

The court heard that Davidson was full of remorse and had not driven since the incident.

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