Drink driver in hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:14 05 April 2007 | UPDATED: 13:54 04 May 2010

POLICE called to a crashed car in Haddenham found drink driver Kenneth Niblock being treated by ambulance staff. He was taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke s Hospital in Cambridge – and a blood test showed he was over the alcohol limit. The IT consultant ap

POLICE called to a crashed car in Haddenham found drink driver Kenneth Niblock being treated by ambulance staff.

He was taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge - and a blood test showed he was over the alcohol limit.

The IT consultant appeared before Ely magistrates on Thursday, when he admitted his second drink driving offence within three years.

On the day of the accident Niblock was under stress because he owed thousands of pounds to the Inland Revenue, his work was demanding, and he was worried about his relationship with his partner, said solicitor Brian Koffman.

"He was at some sort of crossroads," he explained. "His stress and depression led to the incident."

Police had been told that Niblock was unconscious after the accident in Sutton Road, said prosecutor Olivia Gooding. A blood sample taken at hospital showed a reading of 118mgs of alcohol in 100 mls of blood, when the limit is 80 mgs.

"He drove into Cambridge, had a couple of glasses of wine, and got into a depressed state," said Mr Koffman.

"He decided to go home and speak to his partner. What happened after that he has no idea, and he only remembers waking up in hospital."

Niblock, 41, of Boots Farm, Manea Road, March, was banned from driving for 36 months and fined £500 with £95 costs.

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