£10k car damage in drink-drive spree

A 28-YEAR-old could be sent to jail after admitting causing nearly £10,000 worth of damage to parked cars while driving home from a pub in a Suffolk town.

A 28-YEAR-old could be sent to jail after admitting causing nearly £10,000 worth of damage to parked cars while driving home from a pub in a Suffolk town.

Michael Tilbrook, of Leiston Road in Aldringham, was nearly three times the legal alcohol limit when he was found asleep in the front seat of his Toyota Hilux on October 24.

Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, told Lowestoft magistrates court yesterday that Tilbrook had been drinking with friends at the Royal Standard pub in Leiston on the Friday evening before deciding to drive home.

As he drove along Central Road, he hit a blue Ford Fiesta and pushed it up on to the pavement. He then carried on along the road and collided with a parked Daewoo.


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He then hit two Vauxhall Astras, a Vauxhall Cavalier and a Honda Civic - causing nearly £10,000 worth of damage to the six parked cars and his own - before driving away towards Aldringham.

He was found by police at about 3am parked near a footpath off Aldeburgh Road.

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Mrs Griffiths told the court that he was asleep in the front seat of the car with the engine running, the lights on full beam and his foot on the clutch.

He was unfit to give a breath test at the time but was tested about an hour later - giving a reading of 101mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - nearly three times the legal limit of 35mcg.

The case has been adjourned for reports to be written.

Tilbrook, who was unrepresented at court yesterday, has been given an interim driving ban until he returns to Lowestoft magistrates court on November 26.

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