A FACTORY worker was more than three times the limit when he crashed the morning after a night out with friends on a busy Hereford road.

George Parkinson entered a guilty plea to one count of driving while over the alcohol limit when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford in January.

Police were called to a crash between a Peugeot 107 and a Ford Transit van on Hereford's Aylestone Hill at 10.46am on December 17, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

Parkinson, who had been driving the Peugeot, was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

An evidential breath test taken in custody at Hereford police station revealed that he had 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.


Edmund Middleton, for Parkinson, said the 21-year-old is a young man who has never been in trouble before.

"This was an isolated incident of poor judgement," he said.

"He had been out with friends the night before and drove the next morning not believing himself to be over the limit."

Mr Middleton said Parkinson's car had rolled into the van on the hill, and may have caused a dent to the bumper, but that no insurance claim had been made for this.

"He works as a factory operator in Moreton on Lugg and is a team leader," Mr Middleton said.

"His mother and father are now going to be considerably put out as they will have to take him to work. They and he will feel the consequences of this ban."

Parkinson, Mr Middleton said, will have "ample opportunity" to think about the consequences of the offence, which will leave him "somewhat stuck" in Pembridge.

Parkinson, who is of Bridge Street, Pembridge, was disqualified from driving for two years and fined £583. He must also pay prosecution costs of £135 and a £233 victim surcharge.

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