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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Drink driver left woman injured after crash on Carlisle street

A drink driver nearly three times the limit left a woman injured after crashing into a string of cars before his overturned.

The woman was travelling with a child when Thomas Irving hit the vehicle she was in during a danger drive along a Carlisle street.

The 62-year-old had downed five pints of Guinness before getting behind the wheel of his Citroen ZX, which ended up a write-off.

When police arrived at the scene of the crash in Currock officers said his speech was “unrecognisable” as they found him standing beside a garden wall.

Irving was banned from driving for two years as city magistrates warned him that the consequences of what happened could have been much more serious.

He admitted drinking and driving and driving without due care and attention when he appeared in court yesterday.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said the crash alarm was raised at about 7.40pm on November 18.

One witness told police she rushed out of her house on Boundary Road after hearing a loud bang, only to find the Citroen on its roof, two parked cars damaged and another car in the middle of the road, having also been hit.

The woman driver who was hurt had a child and a dog in her car with her. She sustained whiplash.

Breath tests found Irving, of Sunnymeade, Upperby, to have 104mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – nearly three-times the 35mg limit.

Solicitor Geoff Clapp, representing Irving, told the court his client was full of remorse.

He said Irving was the sole carer for his 87-year-old mother and had been through a difficult two years – having also looked after his father until his recent death.

On the day of the crash he had gone for a drink, which he had not intended to, after going shopping and meeting a friend.

Magistrates banned Irving from driving for 24 months and sentenced him to a one-year community order, during which he must carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim’s surcharge.

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