Drink-driver crashed into wall

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A drink-driver’s car demolished a garden wall and landed upside-down on its roof.

Driver Stuart Montgomery and a male passenger managed to scramble out but the defendant’s girlfriend was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be freed by the fire brigade.

Montgomery, who was taken to hospital and found to have a fractured back, swore at a police officer and said: “As if I care” when told he would be prosecuted.

The out-of-work 26-year-old, of Regent Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was sentenced to up to 20 days rehabilitation supervised by the probation service, disqualified from driving for 42 months and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police, firefighters and ambulance personnel were called to an accident on the resort’s Park Road where Montgomery’s Punto had crashed into a garden wall and ended up on its roof in the middle of the road. It happened on April 24 about midnight.

Montgomery’s girlfriend was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut out of the car by firefighters.

She and Montgomery were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital. A blood test taken there showed he was almost three times over the limit with 229 millilitres of alcohol in his body – 80 is the limit.

Michael Ball, defending, said his client had no memory of being offensive to the police officer in the hospital and believed he must have still been under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Ball added: “He accepts he was totally out of order. It was a serious accident and his partner was trapped. Matters could have taken a far worse turn – the petrol tank could have exploded.”