Drunk man crashed car

A MAN took a friend’s car at a party, drove it while drunk and without a licence or insurance, and crashed it into a ditch.

Daniel Jason Porter, 20, of Priory Walk, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicle taking, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving without a licence and without insurance at a hearing at Bridlington Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Jayne Wilson told the court that Porter had been taken from Bridlington in his friend’s Nissan Note car to a party in Beeford on Friday June 3.

At around midnight, the owner of the car fell asleep at the party, and was awoken by Porter at around 3am on June 4 and told that he had “written her car off”.

“She thought it was a joke at first,” said Mrs Wilson.

“But she was told by other friends that it was true so was taken to see the car, which Porter had driven around a mile and a half before losing control on a bend and crashing into a ditch on the Beeford to Skipsea road.”

The police were called, and Porter admitted that he had taken the car keys while the owner was asleep at the party, telling them ‘I took the car, I crashed and I nearly killed myself. I am drunk now and I was drunk then’.

A breath test carried out on Porter showed that the level of alcohol on his breath was 120 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath, four times the legal limit.

Mitigating, Vicky Lancaster told the court that the incident was “completely out of character” for Porter.

She said: “He has no idea why he took the car, and is not trying to make excuses.

“There had been some upheaval in his life, as he had quit his job to move to Cyprus for work, however it had not worked out and he had only arrived back in the country the day before.

“He is sorry and regrets what happened greatly.”

Presiding magistrate Graham McDonald told Porter that the offences he had committed were very serious, and asked the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.

He said: “We have got to make plain that custody is an option here, the level of alcohol in your breath is one of the highest we have ever seen.

“But we would like to know more about you before we make a decision on sentencing.”

Porter, who only holds a provisional driving licence, was given an interim driving ban and told to come back to court for sentencing on July 6.