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Drink-driver collided with fallen tree

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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A TEENAGER whose car collided with a fallen tree had been drink driving.

Police were called to the scene of the accident on the A30 at Roundham, near Crewkerne, where they found Luke Anthony Fuller and he smelt of alcohol.

He failed to provide a roadside breath test and after being taken to Yeovil police station was found to be more than one and half times the drink drive limit.

Fuller, 18, of Kingston, Yeovil, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on September 13 when he appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil. Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that the police were called just before midnight after reports of a single vehicle accident on the A30 at Roundham.

"They found an Audi A4 and the driver was Fuller who also had a female passenger with him," she said.

"Fuller smelt of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. He then failed to provide a roadside breath test and after four attempts said he did not have enough breath. He was arrested and taken to the police station where he failed again to supply adequate samples so a urine specimen was taken instead."

The reading of that was 182mlg of alcohol in 100ml of urine. The legal limit is 107mlg of alcohol.

John Killah, defending, said: "He suffered a minor injury to his chest and although he co-operated with the police there was a genuine reason why he could not give a breath sample because of the injury but later willingly gave a urine sample."

The magistrates banned Fuller from driving for 15 months and fined him £110 with a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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