Crashed works van while three times the limit

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A motorist who crashed his van into a parked car in New Mills while more than three times the drink-drive limit told police he wanted to kill himself, a court heard.

Anthony Whittaker was driving a Peugeot van on Watford Road on August 23 when it collided with a car and overturned.

Police were called and officers noticed Whittaker smelt strongly of alcohol. He was arrested and provided a urine sample which had a reading of 341. The legal limit is 107.

In his initial interview, he told police his wife had left him and he “just wanted to kill himself” so deliberately drove into the car, prosecutor John Cooper told High Peak Magistrates’ Court. But he later contacted police again and gave another interview, in which he changed his story.

The 35-year-old, of Hawthorn Avenue, Marple, admitted drink-driving.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “On August 23 his wife left him. He made the very stupid decision to drive to his mother-in-law’s house to try and resolve the issues.”

Whittaker was given a 12-month community order with 127 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge and was banned from driving for 24 months.