Grieving teenager smashed into wall garden wall

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A teenager who was upset after attending his step-father’s funeral crashed his car into a wall after drinking.

Samuel Bethell at first refused to give his details to police or provide a roadside breath test.

Bethell, a 19-year-old painter and decorator, of Adelaide Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police were called to an accident at the corner of Dinmore Avenue on December 4 at 8.20pm where Bethell had demolished a garden wall in his Vauxhall Corsa.

A breath test showed 57 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

When interviewed, he said he had drunk four to five pints of lager, gone to his grandmother’s, then jumped in the car and crashed.

Steven Townley, defending, said Bethell, who had no previous convictions, had been to the funeral of his step-father and was very upset.

He had a few drinks at the reception afterwards then decided to go to his grandmother’s.

He had just set up his own decorating business but would not longer be able to run that as he would lose his licence.

Bethell was banned from the road for 16 months, fined £250 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £25 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Richard Clews sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.