Derbyshire boozer tried to bribe taxi driver not to call police after crash
A boozed-up Derbyshire motorist tried to bribe a taxi driver not to call police after a collision, a court has heard.
Nathan Reville pulled his blue Skoda Fabia out onto Stoneyford Road, Sutton, without warning or headlights, and hit the taxi at 11.20pm, on April 19, said prosecutor Sanjay Jerath.
"There was no way to avoid a collision," he said.
Reville offered the driver money not to call the police, but officers soon arrived.
A test revealed he had 58 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath when the legal limit is 35 mcgs. A box of beer was found in the back seat.
He told officers he drank three or four pints of Carling at the George and Dragon pub, in Newton, but didn't feel impaired.
He pulled into a parking space but realised he was blocking a drive, said Mr Jerath.
"He accepts colliding with the taxi and admitted offering to pay the driver."
Reville, who represented himself, has no previous convictions and entered an early guilty plea.
He said he had been out of work as a warehouse operative for a month, but was hoping to start a new job soon.
Reville, 28, of Derwent Drive, Tibshelf, admitted drink driving and driving without due care and attention, when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Thursday.
He was fined £120, and ordered to pay a £34 surcharge and £85 costs.
He was banned for 16 months, but was offered a drink drive rehabilitation course which will reduce the disqualification by four months if he completes it before March 2021.