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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Drink-drive soldier failed to stop after crash in Carlisle

A serving soldier has admitted drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident in Carlisle.

Twenty-year-old Liam David MacMillan hit another car near the roundabout in Caldewgate and drove off towards Wigton Road without stopping, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecutor Jane Mackrill said the other driver took his registration details and reported the incident to police.

MacMillan was traced to his home in Greenside Road, Morton, shortly afterwards and found to be “in a drunken state”.

“There were bottles of empty cider around the house and he was argumentative towards the officers,” she said. “There was also an open 12-pack of cider in the house.”

MacMillan failed a breath test and told officers he had only drunk two pints before driving home but drank more at home. He was found to have 83mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than twice the 35mg limit.

MacMillan apologised to the court and said he wasn’t focusing at the time, on January 3, and just drove off.

His commanding officer from the 21 Signals regiment told the court the incident was “out of character.”

“He has been an exemplary soldier, he is industrious and has an unblemished career record,” he said, but did say that disciplinary action would be taken by the Army when he goes back to his base in Bath.

MacMillan was given a 20-month driving ban and £350 fine. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £35 victim surcharge.

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