Car debris led police to home of drink-driver

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A DRIVER whose car hit a stationary vehicle while he was nearly three times the drink-drive limit was identified by a trail of debris that led to his home.

David Charles Meyerowitz, 22, of Dukes Meadow, Cockfield, pleaded guilty to driving with excess at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman said he had been drinking in a neighbouring village when, in the early hours of November 16, he drove his Skoda Fabia two miles home.

While in Felsham Road, he lost control of his car and collided with a stationary vehicle. He then drove home, said Mrs Cappleman.

Police received a call about an accident and followed a trail of engine oil to Meyerowitz’s drive.

He was breathalysed and recorded 99 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

In mitigation, Declan Gallagher described Meyerowitz as ‘extremely remorseful’. He had been in a local pub when a couple of sports teams had come together and he had acted ‘entirely out of character’ by staying and drinking.

While on his way home, a muntjac deer came out in to the road and, in avoiding hitting it, Meyerowitz mounted a verge and hit a stationary vehicle, said Mr Gallagher.

He had just been through a hedge and his home was a ‘very short’ distance away so he drove the last 100 yards.

Mr Gallagher said: “The owners of the car came out immediately and followed a trail of debris to his house. He was there and made full admissions.”

Police were called by another neighbour.

Meyerowitz was banned from driving for two years, to be reduced by six months on completion of a driver’s rehabilitation course.

He was also ordered to carry out 60 hours’ unpaid work and pay £85 in costs.