‘Plastered’ drink driver crashed car into bridge

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A drunk man took his wife’s car without permission and crashed it into a bridge in Bamford, a court heard.

Dwayne Burton and his wife Danielle were at a barbecue in Castleton on June 13, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Mrs Burton gave her husband the keys to her Hyundai car for safekeeping but during the barbecue, she noticed her husband, who she described as being “plastered”, and two other men get into her car and drive off, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Burton had intended to drive to the Sickleholme service station in Bamford for cigarettes but crashed into the Mytham Bridge, causing extensive damage to the vehicle. Police attended the scene and found the two men walking away from the vehicle, with Burton later appearing from a bush nearby.

Burton didn’t have a full driving licence and wasn’t insured to drive the car, the court heard. When breathalysed, he gave a reading of 94, the legal limit is 35.

The 24-year-old, of Sherwood Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, using a vehicle without insurance, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and drink-driving.

Magistrates adjourned the case until September 29 for a pre-sentence report.