Driver called to pick up son crashes into ditch after drinking with friend

Griffith crashed into a ditch in Fleckney Road, hitting a shed
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A dad who was called to pick his son up after drinking with a friend lost control of his car and crashed into a ditch, hitting a shed. Paul Griffith told Leicester Magistrates' Court he would lose his job and possibly his house due to losing his licence for the offence.

The court heard that at about 8pm on Sunday, May 12, Griffith, 44, of Luther Street, Westcotes, Leicester, had been travelling on Fleckney Road, Kibworth, when he lost control at a T-junction. Prosecutor Vishal Patel said: "The defendant has driven a Vauxhall Astra and been unable to brake.

"His brakes locked up causing him to lose control of the vehicle, causing it to come off the road, go into a ditch and collide with a metal shed." He said Griffiths had two convictions for "similar" offences in 2010.

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After being arrested, Griffiths was taken to a police station and breathalysed. He gave a reading of 55 microgrammes per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35 micrrogrammes.

Representing himself in court, Griffiths told the magistrates: "I'd been out for a few drinks with a friend prior. I got a call from my son asking me to pick him up.

"I thought I would have been okay but obviously that wasn't the case. I applied the brakes and went straight over the T-junction.

"It's a bit out of character for me because I haven't done it for a while."

He apologised to the magistrates. He said: "I'm really sorry for what I've done. I rarely drink - with the job I have I drive every day. I work all over the country and abroad."

He said he would lose his job and didn't know how he'd be able to afford to keep his house. He said: "I don't know what I'm going to do, to be honest."

Griffith was banned from driving for 12 months. He was also fined £369 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £148 victim surcharge.