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Wigton man who crashed in Penrith admits drink-driving charge

[A] Wigton man has appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence and failing to stop after an accident.

A VW Transporter collided with a traffic bollard on Newton Road, Penrith, just before midnight on March 18.

Steven John Gordon, 42, gave his address a George Street, Wigton, the court was told how after hitting a traffic bollard near to a roundabout he left the scene and was later found by officers a short distance away on Haweswater Road.

He failed a road-side breathalyser test was arrested, at the police station he undertook another test which showed he had 72micro of alcohol in 100ml of breath, he was over twice the legal limit of 35.

The court was told he works as a self-employed driver and drives over 50,000 miles as year, however he will not lose his job as he is well thought of by the company.

Magistrates imposed an 18-month disqualification and he was fined £525 with prosecution costs of £85 with a victims surcharge of £52, there was no-separate penalty for failing the stop, he was offered the drink drivers rehabilitation course and if completed successfully that would reduce his ban by 18-weeks.

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