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Drink driver given ban

PUBLISHED: 09:16 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:45 03 July 2010

SMASHED remains of a wall, car and a house in a Broadland village are what drink driver Jon Brockton left in his wake.

As the 27-year-old postman approached Repps with Bastwick, near Great Yarmouth, last October he left the road and smashed into a garden wall showering a house and parked cars with bricks.

SMASHED remains of a wall, car and a house in a Broadland village are what drink driver Jon Brockton left in his wake.

As the 27-year-old postman approached Repps with Bastwick, near Great Yarmouth, last October he left the road and smashed into a garden wall showering a house and parked cars with bricks. Some of the flying debris narrowly missed a small child playing in a front room.

Yesterday Brockton, of Spruce Avenue, Ormesby, was banned from driving for 23 months after he admitted driving his new Volkswagen Golf at nearly three times the drink drive limit on the A149 on October 9.

Yarmouth Magistrates heard Brockton had been drinking the night before the accident at 10.45am and did not think he was over the limit.

Gary Mayle, prosecuting, said: “The car collided with a garden wall along the A149, destroying a wall and damaging four cars that had been parked in the vicinity.

“The bricks were obviously strewn throughout the locality.”

Brockton's vehicle hit the wall with such force it ended up on its roof in the garden of Maureen and Ray Green.

And the Chapman family had a lucky escape as their three year-old grandson narrowly missed being hit by flying remnants of the wall as he played in the front room of their High Road home.

Mr Mayle said police found Brockton by his car and he told officers he lost control of the car. An alcohol blood test revealed he was 2.7 times over the legal drink drive limit.

Annette Hall, for Brockton, said he had been watching the boxing on television the night before and drinking heavily as he was depressed over a relationship failing. She said: “He did not realise and think he was going to be over the limit. He misjudged how much he had the night before.

“He knows there are no words he can say that can make up for what happened.”

The court heard Brockton had no previous convictions and despite the lengthy ban would not lose his job as a postman.

Magistrates ordered him to carry out 80 hours' unpaid work, pay £350 compensation to the damaged cars' owners and pay £60 in costs.


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