Drunk driver who thought he was under attack after Honiton Show rammed cop car after mistaking it for tree

PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 22 August 2018

Ben Mason rammed a police car at Honiton Show when he awoke thinking he was under attack.

Ben Mason rammed a police car at Honiton Show when he awoke thinking he was under attack.

Archant

A drunk teenager who was sleeping in his car thought he was under attack and tried to drive off.

He rammed what he thought was a tree three times - but it was a police car and the people trying to rouse him were cops.

Ben Mason had been to a disco after Honiton Show, which was held earlier this month.

Exeter magistrates heard the 18-year-old tractor driver had got involved in a drunken scuffle in a marquee there and went off to the car park to sleep in his Citroen car. The court heard police were called and spent 20 minutes trying to wake him around 1.20am.

When he did he turned on the engine and rammed the police car behind his vehicle three times.

He was arrested and blew 55mg of alcohol in his breath at the police station.

Mason told police in interview that he ‘flipped’ when he was woken up and ‘tried to get away from the situation’.

He said he drunk ‘too many’ ciders at the disco.

He thought he had reversed into a tree when he tried to drive off.

Mason accepted his actions were ‘reckless rather than intentional’ but was ‘regretful and remorseful’.

Deborah Minnett, defending, said Mason had no previous convictions and suffers with ADHD and Aspergers syndrome.

She said Mason was the victim of harassment and assaults by a 45 year old man where he lived and he ‘tried to get himself out of danger’ because he thought he was under attack when he came out of his deep sleep.

Mason admitted drink driving and causing £3,861 damage to the police car.

Exeter magistrates said: “We accept what happened after you were woken may well have been due to circumstances which occurred beforehand.”

He was fined a total of £235 with costs, banned from driving for 15 months and given a six month conditional discharge for the damage to the patrol car.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:54

Children on the new estate will have to attend existing schools which will be expanded

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Tesco customers’ £4,000 boost for healthy eating charity HALFF

Read more
Yesterday, 16:47

Three of seven Silent Soldiers which went under the hammer at a Honiton auction have remained in the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:02

An alleged hammer attacker was found with a note in his pocket setting out how he planned to lie in wait for his victim, a court heard.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:40

A £10,000 funding boost has allowed a Honiton school to kit out its science classrooms and bring in new sports equipment.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

Members are concerned over an increase in the number of homes planned and the final cost of the relief road.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:15

Money raised will go towards enhancing pupils’ educational experience

Read more
Yesterday, 07:01

Prizes on offer for the best decorated trees with categories for children and adults

Read more
Tue, 15:01

And a special award goes to three crew members who were rescued by their own colleagues

Read more
Tue, 13:01

Driver Cup competition at Lyme Regis goes with a swing

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: -3°C

Most Read

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Streetlife

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications


Follow us on Twitter