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Appleby driver who crashed near Hackthorpe admits drink-driving

Carlisle Magistrates Court
Carlisle Magistrates Court

[A] court has heard how police received a report of a road traffic collision on the A6 at Hackthorpe on the evening of August 13, when officers attended they found a Citroen C4 car had crashed near a corner and come off the road.

A witness at the scene told officers the driver had gone in to a nearby house.

When officers spoke to the driver, Paul Jonathan Murgatroyd, 44, of Bridge Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland, he said he had gone to a friend’s house to help him move the car.

He admitted to the officer he had drank around 6 or 7 pints of Fosters, he failed a road-side breath test and was arrested and taken to the police station.

At the police station he gave a further sample of breath which had a reading of 56mcrg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mcrg.

Murgatroyd pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was very remorseful, he had been to a pub and was celebrating a family event, and had been bought drinks by friends and knows now he should have refused the drinks.

He lost control of the car on a left hand bend and came off the road the court heard.

Magistrates in Carlisle disqualified him for a period of 16-months, he was offered the drink drivers rehabilitation course which could reduce his ban by 16-weeks.

He was also fined £120 with prosecution costs of £85 with a £30 victims surcharge to pay.

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