A Haverhill man crashed his partner’s car into other vehicles as he travelled through the town centre while over the drink-drive limit, a court has heard.
Gary Dickson, 47, did not have a driving licence or insurance and had stopped at a pub while on his way home from work.
On Tuesday Ipswich Crown Court was told how Dickson, of Helions Park Grove, Haverhill, was seen by members of the public driving erratically near the Tesco store on the evening of July 27.
He was at the wheel of a BMW car which drove over several traffic calming islands before striking the side of a car travelling in the opposite direction, said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.
After driving along Crowland Road and Camps Road, Dickson was seen to turn into Mill Road where he collided with two parked cars, one of them in a disabled parking bay and the impact forced it forward to strike a third vehicle.
Mr Sadd said a concerned member of the public who had been following Dickson stepped in, removed the ignition keys from the BMW and called the police.
“Thank goodness no pedestrians were hurt or people in parked cars” said Mr Sadd. He said it was obvious to police officers when they arrived that Dickson had been drinking and his co-ordination was impaired as a result.
Dickson pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, having no driving licence and no insurance.
Defending, Richard Potts said: “It was a regrettable lapse of judgement. The reason he has pleaded guilty is that it had the potential to be harmful to other individuals.”
The whole incident had taken place in a matter of minutes over a distance of less than one mile during which time Dickson did not exceed the speed limit, said Mr Potts. “He recognises how stupid a fall from grace this was.”
Sentencing Dickson to six months imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, Ms Recorder Heather Rogers QC said his never having taken a driving test and having no insurance were aggravating factors.
In addition to the suspended sentence, Ms Recorder Rogers disqualified Dickson from driving for two years and said he would have to taken an extended test if he ever applied for a licence. She told Dickson: “I’m sure you apprecaite how serious thematter is and how close it was to a sentence of immediate imprisonment.”