Drink driver involved in crash on Soham by-pass

IT was not much of a birthday for Ceiron Philpott this week - instead of celebrating his big day, he was in court for drink driving.

The 20-year-old apprentice mechanic admitted driving a car belonging to his employers when over the alcohol limit - police were alerted when he was involved in a three-vehicle accident on the Soham by-pass.

Officers attending the scene of the crash found a silver Corsa car in a ditch, and the Fiat Brava driven by Philpott had been abandoned, explained prosecutor Penny Cannon. Ten minutes later, Philpott returned to the scene.

She added: “He said he was driving along the A142 towards Ely when there was a bang, and his front air bags went off. He immediately provided a positive breath test. He had been to phone his girlfriend, asking her to collect him, and had run his employer.

A subsequent test showed a reading of 93 mgs of alcohol in 100 mls of blood, when the legal limit is 80 mgs.

Mitigating, Mark Edmondson said: “He had drunk two pints of Stella; he is not sure what happened in the car, clearly something happened and there was a collision.”

Philpott, of Centre Road, Soham, has been given his notice from his employers, Manchetts of Burwell, since the accident on December 16.

Most Read

Mr Edmondson added: “He is very sorry. He did return to the scene, it was not a situation of him trying to avoid anything. The consequences are going to be more serious than for most people.”

Philott was banned from driving for 12 months and fined �100 with �85 costs and a �15 surcharge.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter