Driver’s party blunder

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A drunken reveller took and drove his friend’s car to pick up more booze while he was over the drink-drive limit.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard this month how Lewis Morley, of High Street, Eckington, admitted drink driving, taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.

The 20-year-old was stopped by police about 2am, on May 3, on High Street, Buxton, for driving without headlights on.

He initially denied he had been drinking, told police the Hyundai Coupe was his vehicle and that his name was Kyle Holmes.

Morley was breathalysed at the scene and he recorded 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after testing.

At the police station, he was found to have 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecutor John Cooper said the defendant had drunk six cans of Carlsberg, five shots of tequila and a shot of Jack Daniels at a friend’s house in Buxton.

Mr Cooper added that he decided to drive to Tesco, on London Road, to buy more drinks for a party and took his friend’s car keys from the kitchen.

Kyle Holmes, the car owner, confirmed he had not given Morley permission to drive and he was he not aware he had taken his car. The court heard the incident cost the defendant his job and he is in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance. Morley has no previous convictions.

Morley, who was not represented, declined to comment further. Chairman of the bench Neil Broadbent told Morley: “You’ve certainly chosen a spectacular way of offending for the first time.”

Morley was sentenced to 200 hours’ unpaid work and banned from driving for 12 months. His licence was endorsed with eight points and he was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.