Drink-driver convicted by own dashcam

A drink-driver has been banned from driving and given a suspended jail sentence after the offence was captured on his own dashcam.

Sep 21, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Avon & Somerset

The 56-year-old man from Patchway knocked down a street sign, mounted kerbs, veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a parked car, while driving at more than three times the legal limit.

The incidents happened in the Gloucester Road area of South Gloucestershire on the afternoon of Sunday August 12.

A member of the public, who saw the offender’s car strike a signpost, called the police and followed him back to his house. Officers arrived just minutes after the offender arrived back home. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drink at Bristol Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

He was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence, disqualified from driving for 30 months, fined £576 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £128.

Police Constable Wayne Carhart, of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Roads Policing Unit, said: “The offender’s own dashcam footage clearly shows the lack of control he had over his vehicle and it’s frightening to see the risk he posed to other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians as he made his way home that day.

“There’s absolutely no excuse for getting behind the wheel intoxicated; it can have devastating and life-changing consequences.”

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