A NORTHWICH man crashed a borrowed car into a derelict town centre building after a drinking binge sparked by the break up of a long-term relationship, magistrates heard.
Miroslaw Musialik ploughed into the unoccupied Bennett Brooks building at the bottom of Winnington Hill, causing “substantial damage”, shortly before 3am on Saturday, September 6.
A roadside breath test revealed he was three times over the legal limit.
The 24-year-old, of David Street, admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance at Vale Royal Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The bench heard he’d been drinking because he was depressed about his relationship with a long-term partner falling apart.
Will Hurley, defending, said: “He’d been out drowning his sorrows.
“He’d been in a relationship with this woman for four to five years, they’d purchased a house and marriage was on the cards.
“And then his fiance upped and left with someone else. He’s not normally a big drinker at all.”
Mr Hurley said the Mazda car had been loaned to his client by a local garage – and Musialik presumed he was insured to drive it.
“It was a genuine mistake,” he said.
The defendant, who moved to England five years ago from Poland, was banned from driving for 28 months. He must also adhere to an 8pm-4.30am curfew from Monday to Friday for the next three months.