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UK News Drink driver crashed van - then called police to tell them what he had done

21:20  19 january  2020
21:20  19 january  2020 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

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A drink driver crashed his works van in the early hours - and then rang the police to tell them what he had done.

Police found the Mercedes Sprinter van driven by Phillip Mills had left the road and gone into a wooded area.

The 31-year-old was found to be more than twice the drink drive limit.

At North East Wales Magistrates' Court at Mold, Mills, of Cromwell Avenue in Buckley , admitted driving with 73 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath compared to the legal limit of 35.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £120 with £85 costs and a £32 surcharge.

He had lost the original job after the crash, magistrates were told.

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Mills appeared in custody after he failed to turn up at an earlier hearing.

Prosecutor Rhian Jones said that at 2.50am on August 13 last year phoned police and told how he had crashed his works vehicle and that he

had been drinking.

Police went to the location and found the van owned by a metals supply company had gone off the road and was in a wooded area.

It was in an area known locally as Whitegates Road.

He was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital where there was a six hour wait in accident and emergency.

Following an assessment, he was taken to Llay police station and at 11am where he blew an alcohol reading of 26.

A back calculation had been carried out based on what he said he had drunk and that produced the 73 reading.

Mills had no previous convictions.

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He told how he stupidly got into the van to drive after he had been drinking and misjudged a bend.

No one else had been involved in the collision.

Defending solicitor Nic Cross said he had co-operated fully and in fact had alerted the police himself to what had happened. He had genuine remorse, and was alone in the vehicle at the time.

"He thoroughly regrets his actions," said Mr Cross.

The defendant had lost his employment as a result of what happened.

Fortunately, he obtained another job with a council but there were now fears over that job because of the inevitable driving ban.

He had always worked and was hoping to get factory work which would not need a driving licence.

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