A man who was found to be more than three times over the drink drive limit escaped jail yesterday.
Steven Handbury, 52, of Moorland Rise, Holmfirth, was breathalysed after taking his works van to buy his estranged wife a curry and crashing into a parked Volkswagen.
Magistrates heard the defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge at a previous hearing.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said the collision occurred at 10.30pm on June 29.
Police were called to Mill Moor Road, Meltham, after a woman heard a bang outside and saw the vehicle up against the wall of her house.
She said Handbury had difficulty getting out of his vehicle and when police attended they smelt alcohol on his breath.
Tests showed he had 129 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit is 35.
In interview he said he had gone to pick up a takeaway when he swerved to avoid hitting a cat or some other kind of animal.
He also admitted to drinking several beers at home followed by a glass of red wine at the takeaway.
Mitigating, Ian Whiteley, said as a result of the court case the defendant had lost his employment.
He added: “He is a first time offender who has never troubled the courts before and I am sure he won’t do so again.”
Probation Service officer, Sharon Lees, told the bench at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court that Handbury had been married for 10 years but had been separated recently from his wife.
She said: “His wife had gone round to his house. She had wanted a curry. He thought he was perfectly fine and got into the van and had a glass of wine at the takeaway.
“He said it was a very foolish mistake on his part. He was genuinely remorseful about what could have happened.”
The bench disqualified him from driving for 30 months, ordered him to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and imposed a 16 week night time curfew.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £60 at a rate of £5 per week.
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