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Drink-driver piles into couple’s home

Pictured is the car that was crashed by Ashley Harden, 22, of Winchester Avenue, Chesterfield, who admitted drink-driving, careless driving and failing to stop after an accident at Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Pictured is the car that was crashed by Ashley Harden, 22, of Winchester Avenue, Chesterfield, who admitted drink-driving, careless driving and failing to stop after an accident at Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A DRUNK driver ran off after crashing his dad’s car into a Chesterfield family’s hallway.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Terence Cocking and his wife were woken in the early hours when the VW Passat ploughed into their home on Salisbury Avenue, Newbold.

Lynn Manning, prosecuting, said: “They were woken by a loud bang and they jumped out of bed and looked outside and saw a car sticking out of their house. The bottom four steps were covered in rubble. The sight made him feel sick.”

A neighbour saw driver Ashley Harden, 22, run from the scene. He fled to his home in Winchester Avenue and got into his Fiat Punto and drove to his ex-girlfriend’s before police found him in the driver’s seat of that vehicle.”

Harden gave a reading that was almost twice the legal limit for drink-driving. He told police he had been with friends but there was a falling-out and he could not stay with a pal and decided to drive home but lost control of his father’s Passat. Harden admitted drink-driving, careless driving and failing to stop after the accident in October.

Annette Thomas, defending, said: “He is distressed and remorseful. He has never been in trouble before.”

Magistrates imposed an eight week curfew and an 18 month driving ban with £85 costs. The ban will be reduced by 18 weeks if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

 
 
 

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