Over-the-limit stud manager crashed car into garden
A Newmarket man who crashed his car into the front garden of a cottage was more than twice over the legal drink drive limit.
Twenty-seven-year-old stud manager Redmond Carroll, of Wyck Hall Stud, Dullingham Road, Newmarket, rolled his Peugeot car as he drove along Moulton Road on Wednesday, February 6.
Magistrates at Bury St Edmunds head that police were called to the accident at around 10pm.
Carroll was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds to be checked over and was released two hours later, when he was breath tested.
His reading showed 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Mitigating, Michael Batty said his client was “very disappointed in himself.”
He said Carroll had been at the Tattersalls bloodstock sales all day and later went to The Yard pub in Newmarket’s Grosvenor Yard with a friend, where “he had far too much to drink to enable him to drive safely.”
He told the court that the accident happened as Carroll was driving back to Gazeley Stud, one of two studs he managed in Newmarket, where he was on call.
“He had had very little to eat during the day,” added Mr Batty.
After considering letters from Carroll’s employers, magistrate Meg Clibbon said she agreed with their comment that the offence was an error of judgement.
Carroll was disqualified from driving for 20 months, fined £450 and ordered to pay £45 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
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