Whaley Bridge drink driver crashed burning car into field

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A record-breaking Whaley Bridge musician woke up in a cloud of smoke after drink-driving his flaming car into a field, dragging a lamppost with him, a court heard.

Simon Lewis, who holds a world record as part of the fastest marching band to complete a marathon, was seen to throw his tuba to safety, before running away to hide behind his lorry, which was parked nearby.

At High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the 34-year-old HGV driver admitted being more than two times over the limit, after denying the offence at his first hearing.


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