Crashed work van while drunk

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A man who crashed his work van while drunk has been given a community order.

John Edward Robinson-Casey was in Peterborough with a work colleague on May 17 when they had an argument and he took the works van before driving back to his home in Bredbury, Stockport.

But on the way, he crashed in Sparrowpit, overturning the van at around 1am on May 18, prosecutor John Cooper told High Peak Magistrates’ Court.

When police arrived, Robinson-Casey was being treated by paramedics and admitted he had been drinking.

Robinson-Casey was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital for treatment for his injuries and en-route, he was arrested, telling police he had drunk 16 cans of beer as well as admitting taking cocaine.

He provided a urine sample which was analysed and found to contain 288 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107.

Robinson-Casey, 33, of Sandiway, admitted driving whilst unfit through drink.

Saul Comish, defending, said: “He had gone out on the Saturday night and been drinking.

“This continued into the early hours of Sunday morning before he went to bed.

“He got up on the Sunday afternoon and set off with a colleague for Peterborough, arriving there at about 9pm.

“He was a passenger at that point but he admits having a couple more cans.

“He argued with his colleague to the extent that he took the van to go for a drive but continued to drive home.

“On the way home he took a corner too quickly, lost control of the vehicle and it slid off the road causing it to roll.”

He added that Robinson-Casey had now lost his job as a result of the accident.

He was given a 12-month community order with 66 hours of unpaid work and was banned from driving for 28 months.

He must also pay a £60 surcharge.