Drink-driver caught ‘after returning to crash scene’, King’s Lynn court told

A West Norfolk drink-driver who careered off the road was arrested when he drove back to the scene in a pick-up truck to recover the car. Officers had been despatched following a call about a Mazda crashing into a hedge in Creake Road, Syderstone at about 5pm on April 1. At Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, prosecutor Colette Harper said: “A description of the driver was given.

KIng's Lynn Magistrates' Court (55971922) KIng’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court (55971922)

“He was said to smell strongly of alcohol.

On arrival, no one could be found by the officers.” The court heard that a pick-up truck then pulled up behind the police car and driver Joshua Rose, 29, admitted to officers that he had been responsible for crashing the Mazda.

Mrs Harper said: “He said he had gone back to a nearby farm to get the pick-up truck so he could recover the Mazda.” Rose failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.

He later gave a reading of 67 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit being 35.

The defendant pleaded guilty to a single charge of drink-driving. The court was told that it was his second similar conviction in ten years, triggering a mandatory minimum three-year ban. In mitigation, Rose said he had earlier had a drink to “wet the baby’s head” after the birth of his second child.

“At 4pm I stupidly made the decision to take my car out. Regrettably so,” he added. Rose, of Eye Lane, East Rudham, said he worked on a livestock farm and could lose his job as a result of the ban.

He was disqualified from driving for 40 months but can reduce the length with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined GBP500 and ordered to pay GBP155 in costs and a victim surcharge.