Drunk driver spared jail after A428 crash

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A drunk driver who was more than four times the legal limit when he crashed into another car on the wrong side of the road has been spared prison.

Rupert Jones was drowning his sorrows with friends at West Haddon Football Club on April 27 after breaking up with his girlfriend, Northampton Magistrates Court heard yesterday (Thursday June 6).

And after drinking for four hours, he decided to drive home and drifted onto the wrong side of the A428 near Althorp.

The court heard he had “lost concentration,” which caused him to collide with a car travelling in the other direction.

The driver of the other car escaped without serious injury, but was burned by her airbag deploying. The victim managed to avoid a head-on collision, but Jones’s Peugeot 206 still hit the driver’s side of her vehicle.

When arrested at the scene, Jones gave a reading of 142mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said: “The victim was travelling at 30mph towards Long Buckby when suddenly another vehicle appeared on the other side of the road. She could not avoid a collision.”

Rupert Jones, aged 26, of Welford Road, Chapel Brampton, was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for 30 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

John Weaver, mitigating, said: “It was a massive error of judgement. It is abundantly clear that he is very remorseful. It is a one-off that he bitterly regrets.”