Soildier Ends Up Driving Into Bush After Drinking Four Pints

PUBLISHED: 13:15 06 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2010

A SOLDIER S car became embedded in bushes on a Soham roundabout after he lost control of the vehicle in the early hours of the morning. The exhaust was damaged and the door of the Peugeot 106 was open when police arrived at the A142 roundabout, and found

A SOLDIER'S car became embedded in bushes on a Soham roundabout after he lost control of the vehicle in the early hours of the morning.

The exhaust was damaged and the door of the Peugeot 106 was open when police arrived at the A142 roundabout, and found Robin Harris in the driver's seat.

"He appeared to be drunk," prosecutor Laura Mardell told Ely magistrates. Harris, who serves with the Royal Anglian Regiment, gave a breath test reading of 51 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Harris, 21, of Hethersett Close, Newmarket, admitted drink-driving on February 28. He told the court: "I know I have been stupid."

Speaking on the soldier's behalf, Captain Hudson said Harris had trained as a flute and bugle player in the army, but also served with a machine gun platoon.

"That day Harris had drunk four pints of strong lager before 5pm," he said. "He was distracted following an argument with his fiancée. He realises he was naïve to think he was fit to drive, and was extremely lucky that no one was hurt in the crash."

Harris was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £220, with £60 costs and a £15 surcharge.

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