A CLOWNE motorist was over the drink-driving limit when he crashed a car into a lamppost, a court heard.
The collision, in Chesterfield Road, Barlborough, was reported to police at 7.40am on 19th March.
Officers found driver Tyron Robinson and the Nissan Primera at the home of the vehicle’s registered keeper.
“She identified him as the driver. He did not have permission to take the car. He said he thought it was okay because he was a friend of her son,” prosecutor Helen Griffiths told Chesterfield magistrates.
“He said he braked sharply to avoid a car in front and turned left, mounted the kerb and hit the lamp-post.”
Robinson, 21, gave a breath sample that was slightly over the limit and then took an option to provide a blood sample for analysis.
It revealed 87mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, the limit being 80mgs.
Robinson, of Hickinwood Crescent, Clowne, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was fined £255, with £85 costs.
He also received a one-year driving ban which will be reduced to nine months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.