Seaton drink-driver crashed into historic site

PUBLISHED: 17:23 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:39 16 June 2010

A SEATON man crashed into Beer s historic water pump while driving more than three times over the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.

A SEATON man crashed into Beer's historic water pump while driving more than three times over the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.

Alcoholic Martin Russell, 46, was disqualified from driving for 30 months and sentenced to a curfew from 8pm to 6pm for three months.

Central Devon Magistrate's Court heard how Russell, from West View, had drunk a bottle of rum before the crash at Long Hill on the morning of November 13.

Alison Jordan, prosecuting, said Russell's green Saab collided with a parked car which shunted two others.

His car then came to its resting place after crashing into a garden wall and the water pump.

Russell was soon arrested by police following a positive breath test. He had 127mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Russell pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without due care and attention.

The court heard the father-of-three suffers from alcoholism and on the day of the crash quit his job of two years.

In mitigation, Helen Wallace said Russell had been feeling "extremely pressurised" at work and was very "distressed" after resigning.

He had a pint of beer and then drove to a lay-by where he drank the bottle of rum before setting off home when the crash took place.

The court heard that Russell, who is divorced, stopped drinking alcohol two years ago but started again three months ago "due to stress".

Miss Wallace said her client is under "tremendous pressure" as he looks after his elderly mother and is helping to pay off her mortgage.

She produced ten character references which described him as 'generous' 'devoted to his mother', 'helpful' and 'kind'.

Magistrates were told that since the crash Russell had not touched a drop of alcohol and had referred himself to Axminster Alcoholics Anonymous as well as approaching Devon Alcohol Service.

Russell was also fined £250, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.


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