Driver loses licence after crashing car

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A troubled husband who had a row with his wife and went out boozing after work crashed his car before he was arrested for drink-driving.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Garry Hoben, 28, of Wylam Close, Clay Cross, had been travelling from Newark when he hit a kerb, collided with a wall, hit a lamppost and ended up in a hedge.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police saw the vehicle had front end damage. Hoben said he was driving from Stanton Hill to Tibshelf.

“He said he had been drinking in Newark with friends after work and had had several pints, alco-pops and spirits. He thought it was a good idea to drive home.”

Hoben pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after 69 microgrammes of alcohol was recorded in 100 milligrammes of breath after the incident last month. Defence solicitor Steve Williams explained Hoben has a senior position with fastfood restaurant McDonald’s in Newark and he has worked his way up the ranks and is responsible for 112 staff members.

Mr Williams added: “Mr Hoben had been going through a difficult spell with his wife and they had had an argument that may have ended their marriage.”

Mr Williams explained Hoben’s behaviour was out of character and he will have to move to Newark to keep working which will put a strain on his marriage. Magistrates banned Hoben from driving for 18 months, fined him £430 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £43 victim service charge.