A DRINK driver flipped a £16,000 Audi onto its roof after driving while he was more than three times the legal alcohol limit.
Christopher Holt, 39, who works as a senior aviation coordinator in Chester, admitted the offence at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday, December 3. The court heard how Holt crashed his Audi A6 on the A483 at the Herons roundabout at 4.15am on November 14 and gave a breath alcohol reading of 114, the legal limit being 35.
Prosecuting, Ann Rouse said: “The car ended up on its roof and a ‘keep left’ sign was also damaged.
“He was helped from his car by a witness, who happened to be an off-duty police officer.
“Police arriving at the scene said it was clear he had been drinking as he smelled strongly of intoxicants.”
Kirsty Ruddin, defending, said that this was an isolated incident and asked magistrates to consider a community order instead of a lengthy ban.
“Mr Holt has no previous convictions and needs his car for work and to visit family at weekends,” she said.
“He has already suffered financially as his car has been written off.”
Holt was then given a six-month community order with a three-month curfew which operates Monday-Thursday 8pm-6am and he was also banned from driving for 26 months and ordered to pay £85 costs.