27th Oct, 2016

Drink driver hit tree

Evesham Editorial 10th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DRINK driver crashed into a tree but told police he wasn’t behind the wheel at the time, a court has heard.

Alexander Monk, of Bretforton Road in Badsey, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (July 4) after he blew 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Officers were on patrol in Evesham at 1.52am on June 8 when they were made aware of a vehicle driving at high speeds out of the town, the court heard.

They temporarily lost sight of Monk, in a Volkswagen Golf, but made efforts to catch up with him before they found he had crashed on Cheltenham Road.

The court was also told how the drivers door was wedged against a tree so couldn’t be opened, but saw the defendant ‘stumbling’ out the passenger side of the car.

Police went and spoke to the 22-year-old, who said another person was driving the vehicle, and breathalised him before taking him back to the station.

Monk was disqualified from driving for 12 months and handed a £320 fine.

Mark Lister, defending solicitor, said: “He was driving too fast for the road and subsequently the collision occurred, it caused damage to his vehicle but nobody else.

“He made a silly comment about the driver but gave a full admission to the offence in his interview.”

The defendant was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.