Fenland drink driver “miraculously” escaped injury after smashing into parked car, magistrates told

POLICE found a weeping drink driver wedged into his car by his steering wheel after he ploughed into a parked car.

Darren Rawthorn’s airbag had gone off, debris was scattered around the street, and he was on the phone.

The car hit by Rawthorn had substantial damage to its front and rear, and most of its windows were smashed, Fenland magistrates were told.

Prosecutor Andrea Fawcett told the court: “A trail of fluid led to Rawthorn’s Astra car, the front of it was extensively damaged.

“The defendant slurred his words; miraculously he was not injured.”

Rawthorn, 26, of Bowthorpe Road, Wisbech, admitted driving when over the alcohol limit in Creek Road at March on February 18, and driving without insurance.

Ms Fawcett said: “Officers went to Creek Road having received information that a vehicle had collided with a parked car, and the driver was trying to drive away.” Rawthorn’s alcohol level was 89 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, more than double the legal limit of 35 mcgs.

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Rawthorn, who works as a fencer, told police he had drunk a bottle of lager with a friend, then went to the Griffin Hotel in March, where he drank four or five pints of Guinness. His insurance had been cancelled two weeks earlier, because he could not keep up the payments.

Mitigating, George Sorrell said: “There is evidence that his driving was quite seriously impaired, by virtue of the accident. The defendant acknowledges he has an alcohol problem.

“He had an argument with his girlfriend, and went off in his car.”

Rawthorn was given an interim driving ban, and sentencing was adjourned until March 22, for him to be assessed for alcohol treatment.

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