March 17, 2011
man avoids jail term after drink driving accident
Burnham-On-Sea man who injured another motorist when he drunkenly
crashed his car has avoided a jail sentence this week.
Scott Phillimore of Grenville Road in Burnham had to be cut from
his car following the accident on the A371 on October 23rd last
Bristol Crown Court heard this week that police had earlier in
the evening been called to a pub in Cheddar where the 20-year-old
was seen to be under the influence of alcohol.
But, on leaving the pub, Phillimore decided to attempt to drive
home and crashed his car. Robert Reid, prosecuting, said the car
veered onto the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing one vehicle
before hitting another.
"The driver of the other vehicle suffered fractured ribs
and they were both shaken," said Mr Reid. "The most
serious injuries were to the defendant, who had to be cut from
his vehicle. His own passenger escaped unhurt."
Derek Perry, defending, said his client held down a responsible
job and the incident was an "outlandish one-off".
Phillimore, who admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide
a specimen, was given a two-year community order, a two-year driving
ban, 250 hours unpaid work and a three-month ban from all licensed
premises. He has also been asked to pay £500 to both motorists
in the car he crashed into and £250 costs.