Ban fr ver the limit taxi driver

PUBLISHED: 11:02 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 03 May 2010

A TAXI driver was ver the alchl limit when he swerved t avid a cat n the rad and crashed int a parked car. A member f the public fllwed in his car as Lindsay Hancck carried n his way, and then kept him chatting until plice arrived. The publ

A TAXI driver was ver the alchl limit when he swerved t avid a cat n the rad and crashed int a parked car.

A member f the public fllwed in his car as Lindsay Hancck carried n his way, and then kept him chatting until plice arrived.

"The public-spirited man wh fllwed the taxi driver was Richard Smith, wh wrks fr the NHS and knws at first hand the results f drink-driving," Ely magistrates heard frm prsecutr Matthew Bradbury.

Mr Smith was fllwing the taxi alng The Causeway in Burwell when he saw it swerve and hit a car, causing a clud f dust and kncking a plastic trim ff the vehicle, he tld plice.

Airbags n the taxi had gne ff, and it was damaged at the frnt. Hancck later gave a breath test reading f 59 mcgs f alchl in 100 mls f breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Hancck had drunk fur glasses f wine in the British Legin Club befre the accident.

"He was driving fr wrk purpses at the time f the accident, he was ging t pick up a mini bus and take it hme," said slicitr Michael Judkins.

"A cat ran ut, that is why he swerved. He did nt stp because f the shck; he was cllecting his thughts. It was an errr f judgment."

Hancck, 59, f All Saints Rad, Newmarket, admitted drink-driving and failing t stp after an accident.

He was banned frm driving fr 16 mnths and fined a ttal f £450 with £65 csts and a £15 surcharge.

Presiding magistrate, Janet Suth tld Hancck: "Yur actins were ttally beynd cmprehensin.


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