A MAN who was almost four times the drink drive limit when he crashed his car into a lamp post in Northam has appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court.
Julian Renouf, of Kala Fair, Westward Ho!, pleaded guilty to drink driving at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The court heard how a member of the public had called the police after seeing a car screech around the corner of Long Lane, before leaving the road and hitting a lamp post on September 22.
Upon arrival, police carried out a breath test on Renouf, who blew a reading of 123 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Laurence Overend, for the defence, told the court how Renouf had been staying at his ex-partner’s house in Appledore to see their young child, and he had stayed up into the early hours drinking vodka.
The pair got into an argument in the morning, and Renouf took a single shot of vodka before getting into his car to drive home to Westward Ho!.
Mr Overend said his client had been compliant with police when they interviewed him, and that he had a history of alcohol misuse.
The case was adjourned until November 15 for an all-options report to be prepared by the probation service.
However, presiding magistrate Linda Houlford, said the breath reading was so high that Renouf should be banned from driving until his case was sentenced, and imposed an interim disqualification.