A drink driver – who did not have a valid licence – swerved across the road with his hazard lights flashing before crashing into the back of a car.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that friends Cameron Gee and Tyler Clarke had drunk up to ten pints in an Ilkeston pub leaving in Clarke’s car, with Gee driving.
A witness saw the Ford Fiesta turn into Chalons Way with its hazard lights flashing and swerving over the white lines of the road. It then crashed into the rear of a car waiting at a roundabout.
The force of the collision pushed the woman driver forward in her seat and her car was shoved sideways. Gee did not stop but drove around the woman’s car, stalled on the roundabout and drove off.
Soon after, at a set of traffic lights, Clarke took over the driving. He drove into a nearby industrial estate and left the car – they were arrested walking away.
The pair have now been banned from driving for three years.
Lynn Manning, prosecuting, said Gee told police he had been driving initially but “panicked when he collided with the other vehicle and said he swapped sides because he was shaking so much”.
Handing them both a 12-month community order, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “You don’t need me to tell you that this incident could have been catastrophic. Today, we could have been talking about the death or serious injury of yourselves or other members of the public.”
Khomar Masaud, in mitigation, said: “They both regret the whole incident. They understand they acted foolishly throughout and it’s something they are ashamed of.”
Clarke, 26, of Doris Road, was found guilty of driving when more than twice the legal drink-drive limit. He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Gee to drive a motor vehicle in Manners Road and Chalons Way when he was twice the drink-drive limit and permitting him to drive when he did not have a licence.
Gee, 28, of Gordon Street, admitted driving when twice the drink-drive limit, without a licence and with no insurance, as well as failing to stop at the scene of an accident when injury was caused to another person.
Clarke was ordered to pay £620 costs and Gee £85 costs. They must both pay a £60 victim surcharge and do 240 hours of unpaid work.