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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Drink-drive Carlisle pizza delivery man abandoned car

A pizza delivery driver abandoned a car after hitting the bumper of a parked taxi.

When Christopher Robert William Ellis turned the ignition key of a Rover 400 outside the Bravo pizza shop on The Crescent, in Carlisle, it “lurched” back and he struck the taxi.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how it was such a shock to the 24-year-old that he ran away and later telephoned police to let them know what had happened.

Ellis, of Orton Road, off Wigton Road, in Carlisle was later interviewed by police, who smelt alcohol, prosecutor Adrienne Harris said.

He was breath tested and found to have 69mg of alcohol in his breath – almost twice the 35mg limit.

Defence solicitor Geoff Lockerbie said it had been “a moment of madness”.

He didn’t own the car but knew who did, and knew the passenger sitting inside at the time, he said.

“When he turned on the car and it lurched back he was shocked,” he said.

Ellis, who admitted drinking and driving, using a car without insurance and without a licence, was banned from the roads for a year.

He also admitted aggravated vehicle taking, causing damage to a Skoda taxi.

Magistrates placed Davies on a one year community order and told him to do 180 hours of unpaid work for the aggravated vehicle taking charge.

He was also ordered to pay courts costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.

He was told his driving ban would be reduced by 12 weeks if he passed a drink-drivers rehabilitation course.

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