Father died after Christmas drinks

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A FATHER, who died after his car crashed into a ditch, had been drinking and taking drugs after a Christmas meal, an inquest heard.

Brett John Mullinger, 33, from Woodcutters Way, Lakenheath, died on December 16 last year.

An inquest in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday heard how Mr Mullinger was above the legal drink-drive limit and had cannabis in his blood at the time of death.

He died after his red Vauxhall Astra left the C608 and crashed into trees in Freckenham at around 10pm.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean said the former Mildenhall middle and upper school pupil had been at a Christmas meal prior to the incident.

The inquest heard that Sue Riley, a work colleague, told investigators the group had left the gathering at around 4.30pm before heading to a snooker club.

They left there at 9.50pm having consumed alcohol.

Mr Mullinger was next seen by Alison Washtail, who was driving with her husband, Timothy, on the C608.

They came across Mr Mullinger’s car after it had left the road and gone down an embankment.

Mrs Washtail said she heard loud music coming from the car and saw the headlights were on.

She then saw Mr Mullinger lying across the front seats with the top of his head coming through the passenger side window.

She said he was conscious and breathing. She held his hand and told him help was on the way while her husband called an ambulance.

Mr Mullinger died at the scene after police officers and paramedics attempted to revive him.

Tests showed that the level of alcohol in Mr Mullinger’s body was 116 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Accident investigators also found that Mr Mullinger had not been wearing a seatbelt.

Dr Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death.