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Driver in crash was over limit
A drink-driver narrowly escaped a jail sentence but faces a £1,160 court bill after he crashed a pick-up truck while nearly three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol level.
Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said residents had to help David Mark Blair out of a Mitsubishi L200 when it ended up on its side in Low Street, South Milford, at 10.15pm on January 23.
He refused to take a roadside breath test and then failed to attend his trial at York Magistrates Court.
Blair, 44, of The Meadows, South Milford, was convicted in his absence of failing to provide a breath sample, drink driving, obstructing a police officer and skipping bail.
Magistrates told him he had come very close to being jailed. Instead they gave him a community order with the maximum amount of unpaid work — 300 hours – fined him £500, ordered him to pay £600 towards the prosecution costs of the trial and a £60 statutory surcharge and banned him from driving for 28 months.
Mr Butterworth said police asked Blair three times at the roadside to give a breath test, but on each occasion he held a coin in his mouth and refused. He later gave a test at Fulford Road police station, where he registered 114 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 micrograms. He had previous convictions for failure to take a breath test in 2001 and drink driving in 2002.
For Blair, solicitor advocate Liam Hassan said his client had been suffering from depression following the breakdown of his marriage and the loss of his accommodation.
On January 23, he had drunk alcohol as well as taking his medication.
He had pleaded not guilty because he had been afraid of going to prison if he was convicted.
He now realised how his actions had put others and himself in danger of injury.
The court heard Blair had been ill on the day of his trial and had failed to attend court as soon as he was well.