Ipswich drink-driver banned after crash damaged five cars
15:50 01 February 2016
A drink-driver has been banned from the road after damaging five vehicles when crashing into a stationary car.
Richard Moore, of Kensington Road, Ipswich, admitted drink-driving, careless driving and possession of cannabis when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.
All the offences occurred at around 1.30am on January 10.
Prosecutor Ian Allen said 41-year-old Moore had been driving his Renault Clio in Sherrington Road, Ipswich, when he collided with a parked car.
One resident heard a loud screech outside and got out of bed to see what had happened.
The court heard she saw a head-on impact of considerable force between two vehicles.
Mr Allen said: “It is my understanding as a consequence of the collision there was a shunt and some five vehicles had been damaged to some degree.”
Moore attempted to move his car going backwards and forwards with the engine revving.
The court heard he moved it to a nearby road and police found the car with it hazard warning lights on.
Moore returned to his vehicle and admitted it had been in a collision.
On the journey to the police investigation centre he told police: “I can’t believe what I have done.”
A breath test showed he had 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
The court heard Morris said he had been to a friend’s the previous evening and consumed three cans of beer and some shots of whisky. On a one to 10 scale of drunkenness he admitted to being eight.
He said he had not been eating properly and had been on medication which caused him to have black outs when drinking alcohol.
Moore had originally returned home without his car, but had then walked to Willowcroft Road to get it as he did not want to have to walk to work later in the morning.
He lost control turning into Sherrington Road.
The court was told after the crash he drove to his house nearby and then went to report his actions to police.
Cannabis was found in Moore’ jacket following his arrest.
Sue Threadkell, representing Moore, said her client had been suffering since the breakdown of an 18-year relationship in October.
He has now gone back to the doctor and had his medication changed.
Moore was said to have been horrified to have committed the driving offences.
Moore was disqualified from driving for 18 months and must pay a total of £795 in fines and court charges.