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LET-OFF: Drunk driver who struck traffic light in Berkhamsted avoids jail

 Published on: 29th May 2021   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A young man who drove into a traffic light in Berkhamsted, causing it to topple over onto the pavement, then fled the scene before police arrived.

William Turner, 20, from Tring, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on May 19 for sentencing after admitting to driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance or a valid licence.

The court was told it was around 9pm on October 7 last year when Turner, who had been drinking before getting behind the wheel, crashed a blue Seat Ibiza into a set of lights on Durrants Lane in Berkhamsted.

Police officers were able to make checks on the car and located Turner outside the home of his mum. Extensive damage was caused to the front of the car – when officers arrived, they found the windscreen cracked.

But Turner was nowhere to be seen and so the officers carried out checks on the car to establish who it was registered to and his name soon popped up.

The court was told that Turner’s offending that night meant he was in breach of an 18-month sentence suspended for two years, handed out to him for robbery and assault.

Judge Caroline Wiggin sentenced Turner to a 12-month community order and a 120-day alcohol monitoring requirement.

In addition, he was disqualified from driving for 40 months and told he will have to take an extended driving test before he can get behind the wheel of a car again.

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