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Nenthead crash driver admits drink-driving

Carlisle Magistrates Court
Carlisle Magistrates Court

[A] Hexham man has been disqualified from driving for 20-months after a road traffic collision in the early hours of Saturday 21st April at Nenthead near Alston.

Alan Douglas Murray, 29, gave his address as Allen View, Catton, Hexham, he pleaded guilty at Carlisle Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

The court was told how a one-vehicle road traffic collision ocurred when an Astra car collided with a stone wall on the A689 road near Alston.

A member of the public contacted police, and when officers arrived the driver, Murray had left the scene, when officers later found him he was breathalysed, a blood test was undertaken and he was found to be over twice the legal limit of 80mg, he had not less than 186 of millgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Murray explained to the justices that he was the driver and left the scene of the accident and was walking for help, he only had “a couple of pints” he told the court and had been playing darts; he apologised to the court and said, “he had let his family and himself down”.

He was banned from driving for 20-months with a fine of £346 and prosecution costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £30, he was offered a drink-drivers rehabilitation course, if passed successfully this would reduce his ban by 20-weeks.

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