December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A young motorist who crashed a car into a north Suffolk home after he had been drinking has been banned from getting behind the wheel for two years.
Lewis Richardson pleaded guilty yesterday to driving an Audi TT into a home in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, while over the drink-drive limit and without due care and attention.
Magistrates in Lowestoft heard that a five-year-old girl in the house at the time with her parents was so traumatised by what had happened she refused to sleep on her own.
Magistrates were told Richardson, 22, of Hildesley Court, Pakefield, was still recovering from the serious injuries he received from the crash , which happened in Long Meadow Walk in the early hours of March 24.
Tess Mann, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was found in a vehicle that had crashed into a house. The vehicle had gone into the wall of the living room. The car ended up just below the daughter’s bedroom.”
The family of three in the house had to be moved into rented accommodation and the daughter had been badly affected by the crash, the court heard.
Mrs Mann said: “She refused to sleep in a bedroom on her own.”
A blood sample showed Richardson had an alcohol reading of 87 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – the legal limit being 80 milligrammes.
The court heard Richardson, who had no previous convictions, had been out with his girlfriend and after an argument he then got in the Audi TT to find her.
Richardson suffered serious head injuries and was treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
The court heard he still has limited movement and difficulties with his speech and vision and suffers from extreme anxiety and guilt.
Debbie Reynolds, mitigating, said: “If he could wind back the clock so it never happened he would.”
As well as his two-year driving ban Richardson was fined £650 by magistrates for both offences and ordered to pay £125 in costs and a victim surcharge.
Chair of the bench Mike Cadman said because of the “consequences” of the crash Richardson’s ban was double than what he should have been given for drink-driving.
After the court case a statement was read out by Richardson’s solicitor on his behalf which said: “He is truly sorry he made a mistake to drive on that evening.”