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Third drink drive conviction

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: March 28, 2013

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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.

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