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Ban for car crash offender

PUBLISHED: 20:05 06 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

A MAN who crashed his car on an alcohol-fuelled Saturday morning drive, has been banned from driving for two years at an Ipswich court.

After a heavy night of drinking, Marcus Bennett, 26, of Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, embarked on a car ride through the country lanes of Nacton at speeds reaching 90mph.

A MAN who crashed his car on an alcohol-fuelled Saturday morning drive, has been banned from driving for two years at an Ipswich court.

After a heavy night of drinking, Marcus Bennett, 26, of Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, embarked on a car ride through the country lanes of Nacton at speeds reaching 90mph. He then crashed his car.

He pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

The court heard that Bennett crashed his Mazda car on the A14 at Nacton in January.

Ian Pells, prosecuting, said: "On the evening of January 12 this defendant had gone to the Cardinal Park area of Ipswich with his friends Matthew Palmer and Dean Kirby. He decided to go back to Palmer's house in Martlesham Heath.

"They arrived at 2.30am on the morning of the thirteenth and Kirby went to sleep while Bennett and Palmer remained downstairs. They continued to drink alcohol in the form of 500ml cans of Stella Artois until daylight."

At 9.30am, Palmer said he had to take his younger brother to play football in Nacton.

Bennett, Kirby, Palmer and Palmer's brother could not all fit in Palmer's car so Bennett took his own vehicle accompanied by Kirby.

They drove along the A12 and A14 and stopped at McDonalds before joining the A1156.

Mr Pells added: "During the journey, both cars drove at high speed at 90mph. At 9.55am on a minor road, the defendant accelerated the car aggressively at high speed. He went round the bend in excess of the 30mph speed limit.

"The car then clipped the near side verge. It span out of control and overturned rebounding back on to the carriageway."

Mr Pells said that Palmer, following in the car behind Bennett, had seen the accident occur and saw Bennett run off.

Bennett later turned up at a police station at 7.18pm the same evening.

John Hughes, mitigating, said: "Bennett makes no excuses for his behaviour and accepts that he panicked."

Mr Hughes told of Bennett and Palmer's discussion: "How do I get out of this?" asked Bennett

"Either take it on the chin or leg it" replied Palmer.

Mr Hughes said that Bennett had not anticipated that he would be driving so early in the morning and that it was a one-off incident.

Magistrates said Bennett's consumption of alcohol and the nature of his driving were aggravated features.

He was banned for two years and will have to take an extended re-test to regain his full licence.

In addition he was given a 180-hour community punishment order and asked to pay £55 costs.

Bennett had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of using a motor vehicle without insurance, and having no test certificate, but both charges were dismissed.

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