Driver, 36, ‘took a chance’ then crashed in ditch

A Lavenham man who crashed his 4x4 – leaving it upside down in a ditch – following a visit to the pub, has been banned from driving.

Brett Welham, of High Street, decided to “take a chance” and drive home after going to an event at The White Hart in Boxford, a court heard.

The 36-year-old appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates on Friday to admit drink driving, driving with no insurance and driving a car without an MOT.

Prosecuting, Lesla Small, told the court police received reports of a car accident in Boxford Road at around 1.30am on September 23.

When officers arrived at the scene they found a Jeep Cherokee on its roof in a deep ditch by the side of the road.

“The defendant confirmed he was the owner and driver of the vehicle and officers believed he was under the influence of alcohol,” said Miss Small.

Magistrates heard that Welham suffered head injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital.

There he agreed to provide a specimen of blood which recorded a level of 227 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

During a police interview, Welham said he drank a pint of beer earlier in the day before going to The White Hart pub, where he said he had at least two more pints.

“He said he tried to get a taxi home, but could not, so he took a chance and decided to drive,” Miss Small said.

“On the way he clipped a kerb and ended up in a ditch.”

She added that Welham was not covered by insurance.

The 4x4’s MOT had expired and he had intended to scrap the vehicle.

Magistrates disqualified Welham from driving for two years.

He was also ordered to complete 120 hours’ unpaid work and was also placed under a 12-month supervision order.