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Drink-driver crashed into lamppost - and then reported himself

A motorist called police himself after hitting a traffic light while two-and-half times the drink limit.
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Popa Constantin, 29, had the crash after mounting the kerb in a Mercedes Sprinter van.

Following his arrest he blew 94 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In a police interview, he admitted driving after drinking five beers and three glasses of wine.

Constantin, of Russell Street, appeared in custody at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday (July 26) to plead guilty to drink-driving on May 2. He also admitted failing to surrender to bail for a scheduled court hearing on June 16.

Oliver Barrett, mitigating, said it had not been his client’s intention to drive after a party that night.

“He’s not sure why he got behind the wheel and drove but he accepts responsibility,” said the solicitor.

“After the collision with the traffic light, he remained at the scene. In fact, he was one of the people who called the police.”

Mr Barrett told the court that delivery driver Constantin had prioritised work over the previous court hearing and, after being picked up on an arrest warrant, had spent most of the weekend in custody.

Constantin was banned from driving for two years, which can be cut with successful completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also told to do 80 hours’ unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order and pay £200 in costs and victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the failing to surrender matter.