Driver banned after lamppost crash

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A brother pinched his sibling’s car following a row before smashing it into a lamppost.

Coke-snorting computer whizzkid Daniel James came to Scarborough to spend New Year with his dad.

But he ended up behind bars after crashing the Corsa in Sandybed Crescent on December 30.

He’d downed eight pints the night before and was still over the limit when he crashed the car, while there was also cannabis in the vehicle.

The IT worker pleaded guilty at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday to five charges, including drink driving and taking the brother’s vehicle.

He is now been banned from the road – even though his brother didn’t want to prosecute.

And James, who earns over £2,000 a month at just 22, has used the crash to try and curb his substance abuse issues.

The court heard prior to the crash he smoked a gram of cannabis a day, dabbled in Tramadol and snorted cocaine as recently as Christmas Eve.

But it was booze in his system following the crash, the catalyst of which was a bizarre brotherly argument.

“The argument was about the fact that this young man was late getting up,” said Robert Vining, mitigating, who said the pair rowed for hours.

He added: “It is totally and utterly out of character – his family are devastated.”

He has now sought independent help to stop using drugs. And banning him from the road for the next year, the bench told him: “Your substance abuse needs to be looked at and also your behaviour that day.”