A WINCANTON man who crashed his car into a post leaving him needing hospital treatment has appeared in court facing his third drink-driving conviction.
Somerset Magistrates were told that Howard James Mitchell was well aware of the consequences as his own father had been killed in a drink-driving accident.
The 48-year-old, of Common Road, pleaded guilty to driving a Honda Jazz with excess alcohol on November 13 last year.
Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that police were called to Leigh Common at 7.30pm.
"He failed a roadside breath test and was taken to hospital for treatment to a neck injury and a blood test gave a reading of 138mlg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, the legal limit being 80mlg of alcohol," she said.
She added that the defendant also had two previous convictions for drink-driving, the most recent being in 2007.
Chris Ivory, defending, said Mitchell had previously been a mountaineer and potholing guide until an accident had left him with a debilitating spinal injury in 1997.
"He was driving to his carer's house when the accident happened and does not have a general problem with alcohol," he said.
"He is incredibly sorry and remorseful."
The magistrates imposed a three-year driving disqualification and fined Mitchell £110 with £35 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.