Drunk joyrider drove ‘like an idiot’

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A MOTORIST who took a car from the Watersplash car park ‘for a laugh’ and crashed it at L’Etacq is due to be sentenced next month on charges of drink-driving and driving without insurance.

The defendant took the car from the Watersplash car park and later crashed it near Faulkner Fisheries

Dominic Alexander James Ball (20), of Grande Route de St Pierre, St Peter, admitted taking the blue Ford Fiesta in the early hours of 20 May and driving it around the nightspot car park before going onto the road.

Centenier John Camara said that the defendant admitted he drove ‘like an idiot’ and said that he was glad his passenger was wearing a seatbelt.

The Magistrate’s Court heard that the crash occurred at about 2.55 am on Route des Havres near Faulkner Fisheries.

A member of the public saw the crashed vehicle and called the police. The court heard that Ball could not remember everything that happened because he was drunk.

He failed a roadside breath test and the level of alcohol recorded in his breath at police headquarters was 62 mcg in 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

The defendant also admitted a charge of driving without insurance on the same occasion.

Advocate Paul Nicolle, defending, said that the offence was a ‘one off’ and no one was hurt as a result of the accident.

Relief Magistrate David Le Cornu said that it was a serious matter but because of the defendant’s age, he wanted a social inquiry report prepared prior to sentencing.

The case was adjourned until 18 June.

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