A 73-year-old man was more than twice the drink drive limit when his car crashed into a Kentford pub beer garden, damaging several vehicles.
Ian Smith, of Herringswell Road, Kentford, had 187mg of alcohol in his blood - the legal limit is 80mg - when his green Volvo hit several vehicles parked in The Cock pub’s car park and crashed into the beer garden on August 13.
Magistrates sitting in Bury St Edmunds on Friday heard a witness statement, which said Smith’s car “crashed into the beer garden, which was full of people sitting, crashed through a wooden structure and came to a stop”.
The witness said: “I was shocked. It was lucky that no one was injured.”
The court heard how Smith got out of his car and sat on a bench until the emergency services arrived.
Sally Dale, mitigating, said Smith “could not explain his actions that day” but had been drinking at home before going to the Bury Road pub for another drink.
She said he had previously suffered from a blackout.
Presiding magistrate Michael Sweeting banned Smith from driving for three years and ordered him to pay a fine of £300, £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.