A 20-year-old Cam man has been banned from driving for two years after an incident on April Fools day when he rolled his car whilst drunk.
Harvey Glanville, of Ashmead Green, Cam, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court yesterday to driving his Volkswagen Polo whilst uninsured and with excess alcohol.
Joanne Wallis, prosecuting, told the Court that at 2am on April 1, the police were called to the scene of a motor accident.
"When they arrived in Spring Hill, they found a car in the road on it's roof," she said. "The defendant was in a nearby property."
She told the court that he was heard telling a paramedic "I've been stupid, I've been drink driving."
When Glanville was breathalysed at the police station he gave a reading of 95mg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
Tim Burrows, representing Glanville, told the court: "He had been out with friends, and had intended to stay the night with them, but alcohol got the better of him and he wanted to go home to his pregnant girlfriend."
Mr Burrows pointed out to the Court that Glanville rang the police himself to tell them of the incident.
In relation to driving with no insurance, Mr Burrows explained "he missed a direct debit payment."
Glanville's insurance was therefore cancelled, and as a result of the accident on April 1 his Volkswagen had been written off, but he still had not finished paying the finance.
As it was uninsured it meant that he could not make a claim on his policy and had to continue making payments on a vehicle he could no longer use.
Mr Burrows said: "He has lots of debt issues. However he is in work. He has an office based sales job during the day, and will work at a public house in the evening."
The magistrates put the case back for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and Probation Service Officer Hillary Cowmeadow later told the Court: "He does have debt issues, but not gambling issues. It seems that alcohol is not usually an issue for him."
Mrs Cowmeadow told the Court that with his existing employment commitments it would be difficult for him to complete unpaid work as a sentence, but it remained an option for the court.
Sentencing Glanville to a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 60 hours of unpaid work for the benefit of the community, the chair of the Bench, Paul Fulham, told him: "We have taken time over this. It was a serious incident. You were drink driving with such a high reading."
Alongside the community order, Glanville was disqualified from driving for 24 months and ordered to pay a financial penalty of £170.