A Weymouth man crashed into two parked cars whilst almost four times over the legal limit, a court has heard.
Philip Mark Pavey, of Perth Street, Weymouth, pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle whilst over the limit, driving a vehicle without a licence, driving without third party insurance, and driving whilst disqualified.
Prosecuting, Andrew Newman, told Weymouth Magistrates Court that the offences took place at 9.10 pm on November 17 when the defendant and his friend were seen by a neighbour looking at a blue Audi on Emmadale Road in Weymouth.
He said Pavey, 52, was seen getting into the driver’s seat and reverse into another car, which belonged to a neighbour. Mr Newman said the Audi then moved forward into a panelled van, and then reversed back into the car again before going forward into the van again. He was then said to have driven off.
Police were called and Pavey was arrested, his vehicle was seized and he failed a breath test which recorded 134 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.
A spokesman speaking on behalf of the probation service said Pavey disputed hitting the other vehicles and told her that he was trying to drive his car a short distance from one car park to another. The reason he was driving was because he had two men trying to sell the car for him and he needed to move it.
“He knew he shouldn’t have got into the vehicle – but he felt he was okay to drive.”
It was heard that Pavey was ‘extremely shocked’ that he was almost four times over the limit.
Magistrates heard Pavey had developed a drinking problem about three years ago around the time he managed to get clean from an addiction to Class A drugs, and that over the past 18 months his alcohol problem had increased.
Pavey told the probation officer said he wants to stop drinking but can’t.
Mitigating, Des Reynolds, said Pavey lived with his parents and ‘urged’ the bench to think carefully about possibly giving the defendant a custodial sentence.
Mr Reynolds said Pavey had a friend who could possibly employ him as a window fitter in the near future.
Pavey was sentenced to a total of 14 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months. Pavey must undertake 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.
The defendant was also disqualified from driving for 50 months and must pay a victim surcharge of £128.