A MOTORIST has been banned for 40 months after ploughing into railings while over the drink drive limit.
Daniel Temple, 19, pleaded guilty to being twice the legal limit when his Vauxhall Astra hit a metal barrier in Westgate, Pickering, on New Year’s Day.
Temple, a trained sous chef, recorded 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.
Prosecuting, Steve Ovenden said Temple, of Middleton Road, in Pickering, was first seen by police around 1am, just minutes before the incident.
He added: “The officers found the car and the driver’s door open. They gave chase before arresting him.”
Mitigating, Franklyn Garvey said: “He had been abstemious from drink for the previous seven months but had a fatal drink that led to another and another.
“He had the keys to his car in his pocket but cannot give any rhyme or reason why he got into his vehicle.
“He hardly remembers anything about it but ended up colliding with the railings.
“It was an extremely foolish thing to do and he knows he has to pay the penalty.”
After banning Temple, magistrates also ordered him to carry out 80 hours unpaid work.
He was also referred to a drink drive rehabilitation course but not ordered to pay costs.